Chainsaws are a notoriously dangerous tool, but recent innovations and safety tips can keep you operating your chainsaw without fear of imminent injury. Much of chainsaw safety can be learned through common sense and general power tool precautions, though there are a few specialized items that can make things a little bit easier.
When using a chainsaw (or any power tool, for that matter), you should make sure to dress appropriately. Do not wear loose clothing, scarves or jewelry, as they could get caught up in the saw by accident. If you have long hair, you should secure it with a hair tie or clip as well. Wear protective shoes such as steel-toed work boots that will help you maintain traction on any surface. Ear, eye and head protection is a must; you can purchase a helmet, safety goggles and earmuffs separately if you like. Alternatively, many chainsaw operators prefer an all-in one helmet and earmuffs with face shield. Either way, you want to make sure your facie is fully protected from flying debris and bits so that you can see what you are doing and avoid injury at the same time.
Heavy-duty work gloves will help you maintain a good grip on your chainsaw, and a good pair of chainsaw safety chaps will help keep your legs protected. Kevlar chainsaw chaps are pricey but will protect you from all kinds of debris and may be life-saving if you lose control of your chainsaw. However, chaps are made of many materials, including polyester, nylon or cotton. Whatever material you choose, make sure that it is flame retardant, since you will be dealing with tools that require frequent use of gas and oil. Additionally, read a chainsaw chaps review or two to determine the right style and material for you so you don't end up wasting money on a set of chaps that won't work in your environment.