As we move to the second half of the 2020 Hurricane Season, every one of us in the Florida Panhandle can be relieved we have not experienced a major storm to make landfall. And while we’ve been fortunate to this point, it is important to remember that storms are always a possibility and being prepared is the best thing we can do. Remember the first 72 (hours) are on YOU!
Strong wind gusts from “named” storms that come into the Gulf can lead to damage to trees, causing an inconvenience to clean up or worse falling onto your home causing damage. While there are many reputable tree service companies in our area, some homeowners take it upon themselves to clean up their tree situation, and that’s where The Tool Shack can help!
The Tool Shack carries Echo and Stihl branded chain saws to fit any job and budget, replacement parts and chains, as well as recommended personal protection equipment (PPE). When using a chain saw, it is important to wear eye and ear protection, proper fitting shoes and clothing, not flip flops and baggy shirts, as well as gloves and a hardhat.
While making your cuts with a chain saw be sure to run the throttle at full speed while maintaining constant pressure on your cutting surface while both hands control the saw. When operating a saw, one of the most dangerous things that can happen is allowing the tip of the bar and chain to come in contact with a surface causing the saw to “kick back” toward the user. You also do not want the chain to come in contact with dirt or the ground as that will dull the chain quickly.
In the event we experience a storm and have damage to our local power grid, portable generators and inverters can be used to power your appliances and even your home. While many of us in Florida own generators, most of us do not use them regularly. Incorrect usage of a generator can lead to fire, electrocution and carbon monoxide poisoning in as little as five minutes.
It is extremely important to use your generator outdoors, in a well-ventilated area, and away from a structure. Due to the generator creating an electrical current you want to keep the unit dry and make sure you have the unit grounded. Never attempt to “back feed” or plug your generator into an outlet in your home, as this could be a danger to utility workers. Only power equipment by plugging straight into the generator.
When it comes time to refuel your generator, turn the machine off and let the engine cool to reduce the chance of fire or getting burned. The Tool Shack carries Generac, Honda, Simons and Hustler generators.
The Tool Shack, located at 4370 Gulf Breeze Parkway in Gulf Breeze and 1528 Gulf Beach Highway in Pensacola is your local equipment sales, service and rental shop and has been serving Northwest Florida and South Alabama since 2003.
The Tool Shack
4370 Gulf Breeze Parkway Gulf, Breeze, FL, 32563