Three Reasons to Use a Chainsaw Helmet

Taking appropriate safety measures when operating a gas-powered saw could save your life.

Construction working sitting on tree, cutting limb.
Chainsaws are amazing tools but can cause serious injuries if someone doesn’t take safety precautions.Jimmy Chan/Pexels

Anyone who lives the outdoor lifestyle will likely at some point end up with a chainsaw in their hands. That may include regular chores around the home or being pressed into service with someone else’s saw when shorthanded at camp. Either way, safety is paramount, and the less experienced one is with a chainsaw, the higher the risk of injury from kickback, flying wood chips, and other hazards. Other than a pair of cut-proof chaps, the best protection you can own is a helmet with a full-face shield. To ensure your safety when felling trees or processing firewood, look for these features in chainsaw helmet.

Protect Your Ears

TR Industrial Forestry Safety Helmet and Hearing Protection System
Any chainsaw operator should use a helmet that protect the head, ears, eyes, and face.TR Industrial

Protecting vision and hearing at the same time is easy with a forestry helmet that includes integrated earmuffs. An interchangeable mesh visor will keep you cool on late summer days, and the more comfortable the helmet is the more likely you are to wear it.

Protect Your Eyes

Uvex Bionic Face Shield with Clear Polycarbonate Visor and Anti-Fog/Hard Coat
If possible, wear a facemask that keeps out dust and other flying debris while you’re cutting with a chainsaw.Honeywell

An anti-fog coating on the surface of a full-frame face shield will make the helmet as useful for indoor work as it is for chainsaw duty outdoors. Woodworking with power tools, using a metal grinder or lathe, and other construction tasks all come with the risk of eye injury. The lower the face shield, the better the protection for the entire face, chin, and throat.

Protect Your Head

Sellstrom Advantage Series All-Purpose Face Shield
A chainsaw helmet with an adjustable headband makes it easy to lend safety gear to someone else.Sellstrom

Head gear suitable for chainsaw work should feature an adjustable band or ratchet system for a custom fit. The last thing you need when halfway through a cut is a helmet and face shield that won’t stay put.