Post-Storm Chain Saw Safety Tips; All Power Nearly Restored in T-E
By Newsdesk
June 9, 2020

BERWYN, PA - The series of storms that struck the region last week has resulted in the increased usage of chain saws to assist in the clean up of fallen tress and branches.

As of June 9th at 4:00 p.m. PECO reports that less than 30 residents remain without power in Tredyffrin Township and all power has been restored in Easttown Township. Verizon and Comcast crews continue to work to repair phone, internet and cable services across the area. If at any time you see downed power lines on fire or arching, or suspect an unsafe electric condition; please avoid the area immediately and then call 9-1-1 and PECO at 1-800-841-4141. DO NOT CALL 9-1-1 to tell them your power is out. This is not an emergency.

If you see any remaining trees or debris impeding roadways, please contact Tredyffrin Township at 610-408-3620 or Easttown Township at 610-687-3000. The Public Works crews have done a great job of getting roads cleared and ensuring debris along the sides of the roads is also cleared to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) encourages extra safety while operating a chain saw. Potential injuries can be minimized by using proper personal protective equipment and safe operating procedures.

Before Starting a Chain Saw

> Check controls, chain tension, and all bolts and handles to ensure that they are functioning properly and that they are adjusted according to the manufacturer's instructions.
> Make sure that the chain is always sharp and the lubrication reservoir is full.
> Start the saw on the ground or on another firm support. Drop starting is never allowed.
> Start the saw at least 10 feet from the fueling area, with the chain's brake engaged.

Fueling a Chain Saw

> Use approved containers for transporting fuel to the saw.
> Dispense fuel at least 10 feet away from any sources of ignition when performing construction activities.
> No smoking during fueling.
> Use a funnel or a flexible hose when pouring fuel into the saw.
> Never attempt to fuel a running or HOT saw.

Chain Saw Safety

> Clear away dirt, debris, small tree limbs and rocks from the saw's chain path. Look for nails, spikes or other metal in the tree before cutting.
> Shut off the saw or engage its chain brake when carrying the saw on rough or uneven terrain.
> Keep your hands on the saw's handles, and maintain secure footing while operating the saw.
> Proper personal protective equipment must be worn when operating the saw, which includes hand, foot, leg, eye, face, hearing and head protection.
> Do not wear loose-fitting clothing.
> Be careful that the trunk or tree limbs will not bind against the saw.
> Watch for branches under tension, they may spring out when cut.
> Gasoline-powered chain saws must be equipped with a protective device that minimizes chain saw kickback.
> Be cautious of saw kick-back. To avoid kick-back, do not saw with the tip. If equipped, keep tip guard in place.

Source: OSHA at