It's not every day you happen across a chainsaw-wielding nun.
An off-duty police officer in Miami did just that this week — but no arrest was needed, and the incident didn't turn into the latest #FloridaWoman fodder.
Sister Margaret Ann, of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School in southwest Miami-Dade County, was just helping clean up debris after Hurricane Irma knocked a tree down in the neighborhood.
When it comes to post-Hurricane Irma cleanup, it's all hands on deck.
The Archdiocese of Miami announced early Tuesday evening that Catholic schools under its jurisdiction in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties will remain closed until further notice.
In the video, the nun dons her full habit, partly covered by a black apron, and work gloves to accomplish the dangerous and sweaty task.
Some commenters on social media tsk-tsked the nun's garb, pointing out that wearing loose-fitting clothing while operating a chainsaw is dangerous.
Other chainsaw safety tips:
- If a tree is uprooted or downed, it can create an unnatural pattern of pressure points and tension.
- A chainsaw operator may be in severe danger if attempting to cut a tensioned limb or trunk (called a "spring pole") – it may have an extremely violent, catapult-like reaction.
- If branches are too close or touching utility lines, report immediately to your local utility company. NEVER attempt to move downed utility lines.
- Do not undertake any task for which you have not been properly trained to handle or are uncomfortable undertaking.