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10 Power Tool Safety Tips Everyone Should Know

Power tools are indispensable for professionals and DIY enthusiasts alike. They  make the job easier and can save huge amounts of time. However, extreme care has to be taken when working with power tools as mishaps can lead to serious injury. By keeping the following ten tips in mind, you will be able to work safely and correctly with power tools.

 

  1. Knowing the right tools for the job: It is important to know which tools are used for which job to avoid injury to yourself or damage to the materials. Always read the instruction manual provided to ensure the tool can perform a specific task and follow the recommended safety precautions.instruction-manual
  2. Protect your eyes: Always wear safety glasses when working with power tools. These protect your eyes from dust and debris and is one of the most essential pieces of safety equipment.eye-protection
  3. Protect your ears: Power tools generate a lot of noise which sound even louder in an enclosed area like a workshop or garage. In order to minimize the damage to your ears, always wear earplugs.
  4. Proper handling of tools: Do not carry power tools by their cords. Tools not in use should be disconnected. Tools that are connected to a power source should not be handled near the on/off switch.
  5. Tool inspection: Always inspect your tools before use. Power tools should never be left in wet areas or used in wet environments. Check that device is dry, no wiring is exposed and that plug is intact.
  6. The right clothing: Loose clothing can be dangerous and should be avoided. Clothing that cover the whole body is preferable. Gloves protect the hands against sharp objects, splinters and hot materials.
  7. Tidy work area: Clutter in the work area can lead to serious injuries when working with power tools. Keep floor space clean and store tools that are not used in a cabinet. Flammable liquids should be kept away from any areas where power tools are being used.tidy-work-area
  8. Care with particular tools: Power tools like Miter saws, table saws, angle grinders and nail guns are very dangerous pieces of equipment. Make sure you know exactly how to operate it before using.
  9. Access: Power tools should be stored in a cabinet inaccessible to children and anyone incapable of using them.
  10. Lighting: Always make sure the work area is well lit so that you can see what you are doing.                                                                                                   Back to  DIY Safety

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