When you’re working with power tools, it should be understood but bears mentioning that great care has to be taken to prevent accidents and injuries to yourself and others. It does not matter how experienced you are. In fact, sometimes, being more experienced can make you let your guard down. Someone with no experience should take things slowly and get used to the way things work and build up some confidence.
Let’s take a closer look at some safety tips when dealing with power tools to prevent any mishaps.
1. Use Tools As Intended
Power tools are designed for specific jobs or tasks and when you use another tool instead, this could be a recipe for disaster. Sometimes, people try to save money by cutting corners and end up using a tool that was not meant to be used for that particular task, simply because it was convenient. If you don’t have a specific tool for a certain job, hold off until you can get one so that you stay safe.
2. Be Familiar With Instructions
Many people are guilty of not reading the instructions and it is not just about power tools. Sometimes, in other instances as well, such as putting a desk or something else together. When you ignore instructions in these instances, perhaps you can get away with it, but with power tools, one should never take such risks. You may be experienced, but this does not make you immune from injury.
You may be used to a power tool, but if you used a different brand, for example, this brand may have different precautions or specifications. Reading the instructions does take time and can be annoying to someone who has experience, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
3. Look Out For Cords
Many power tools are cordless, however, there are still some that make use of cords and you need to be careful. Try not to carry a power tool by the cord and don’t swing them by the cord either. Unplug these tools when not in use and be careful not to trip over loose cords.
4. Regular Inspection
It’s a good idea to inspect your power tools regularly as this gives you a greater chance of spotting any damage to the tool. A damaged power tool can be extremely dangerous and if you don’t inspect it regularly, that is an accident waiting to happen. Make a habit of checking your power tool before each use and if you want, just for good measure, give it a quick once over immediately after using it.
5. Wear Proper Attire
When using power tools, wear the right clothes. Baggy clothes can get snagged somewhere, so tuck them in. In addition, try not to wear chains or jewelry and if you have long hair, tie it back and keep it secure so that it is not caught on anything.
6. Watch Your Fingers!
Always keep track of your fingers and be aware of where they are when working. You want to be careful with grinders and saws but be very aware of the on/off switches. If you accidentally turned it on with your fingers and didn’t mean to do so, if you’re unlucky, you could suffer badly, perhaps even have a finger completely severed.
Try to keep your work area clean and free of clutter. Tangled cords and flammable liquids are a disaster waiting to happen. Disconnect power tools when not in use. Use protection, such as goggles for your eyes, gloves for the hands and earplugs when working with a loud power tool for an extended period of time. When you don’t take anything for granted and work responsibly, you will reduce the chances of an accident from happening.