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January 14, 2004
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Chainsaw Safety Courses Offered

Agriculture, Fisheries, Aquaculture & Forestry

Chainsaw safety courses will be offered across the Island this month by the Provincial Forest Section of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Forestry. The courses will be offered in Southampton, Montague, Charlottetown, Kensington, Wellington and O’Leary between January 28 to 31 and will be of interest to casual chainsaw users and woodlot owner/managers.

This special project is being run in cooperation with the Canadian Model Forest Network’s outreach program, the Island Sustainable Forest Partnership. Due to the amount of personal time participants invest in courses such as this and the fact that society benefits when people use safe chainsaw work techniques, there will be no charge for the course. However, seats are limited so participants must pre-registration by calling the appropriate District office.

The “cutting firewood safely” course introduces chainsaw users to safety features such as protective clothing, cold and warm starting techniques, safe felling, saw safety trouble shooting and cutting to enhance wildlife habitat. The course consists of one evening and a half-day demonstration on a Saturday.

“Working with chainsaws can be very hazardous unless people take the proper precautions in their woodlots and yards,” said Dan McAskill, Manager of Provincial Forests. “By offering opportunities for people to learn more about the operation of chainsaws, we hope to improve safety standards around our woodlots and homes.”

More information on the courses can be obtained by contacting the forestry district offices at Southampton (961-7296), Charlottetown (368-4800) and Wellington (854-7260).

Media Contact: Dan McAskill
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