Adventist Youth Honors Answer Book/Camping/Axe safety

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  • Before chopping any wood, take a gentle practice swing to check that the axe will not catch on anything (such as an overhead branch).
  • Consider what will happen if you miss whatever you are chopping at - will you accidentally hit a finger? A foot? A bystander? Leave plenty of margin for error.
  • Make sure the axe head is firmly attached to the axe handle. If it is loose, you may tighten it by wetting the handle, by driving a hardwood wedge into the handle through the eye of the blade, or by rapping the axe handle vertically on a hard surface.
  • Keep bystanders away by one arms length plus two axe-lengths.
  • When handing someone an axe, present the handle to them rather than the blade.
  • Walk with the blade facing away from you.
  • Sheathe the axe when it is not in use.
  • Always maintain firm footing when using or carrying an axe.
  • Stop when you are tired and rest. Tired people are more prone to accidents and mistakes.