The increasing number of women buying and owning chainsaws has prompted a Timaru store to hold a ladies' night demonstrating the safety issues around the "unforgiving tool".
Stihl Shop Timaru, in Washdyke, will host a ladies' chainsaw safety awareness evening on Wednesday as more women are purchasing chainsaws there, manager Andrew Pullar said. Teaching women chainsaw safety will be a first for the shop.
Pullar said given Timaru's location, more and more women, particularly in rural areas, are buying chainsaws, or having to use them in their line of work.
Sam Hanlin, of Stihl Shop Timaru, prepares for the store's first ladies' chainsaw safety awareness evening on Wednesday.
"South Canterbury is a rural community and it is important for everyone to know how to use a chainsaw properly.
"There are plenty of women around with chainsaws - rurally and on farms. A woman with a chainsaw is not an uncommon thing any more," he said.
Other Stihl shops in New Zealand have held the women's chainsaw evenings and Pullar said given the popularity of them in South Canterbury, it was time to hold a course here.
Chainsaw safety was "very important".
"A chainsaw isn't very forgiving," he said. "It doesn't really have feelings so it can do some serious damage."
He said the night will include discussions and demonstrations of safety procedures when using a chainsaw, basic maintenance, wearing the correct personal protective equipment, and the correct start-up and cutting procedures.
"Women will also learn how to sharpen a chain.