Power and Hand Tool Safety Tips
November 27, 2006
Where would the do-it-yourselfer be without tools, both hand and power? Try pounding nails with your boot or cutting wires with your teeth and you will appreciate the benefits of good tools that make your projects fly to completion. With the use of these tools, though, comes the potential for accidents and injury. Power tools should be approached with respect and used as they are intended by their manufacturers. Here are some tips for the safe use of both hand and power tools.
- Use the right tool for the job.
- Do not use impact tools with burns or mushroomed heads.
- Use only properly insulated tools when working around electricity and electrical equipment.
- Do not use tools with broken or splintered handles.
- When handling sharp pointed tools or tools with sharp cutting edges, points and cutting edges should always be pointed away from persons handling them.
- Do not use screwdrivers as pry bars (see rule #1)
- Return tools to their proper storage location after use.
- Persons using or working near others using hammers, shisels, punches or wedges should use eye protection.
- Electrically powered tools designed for use with a three wire grounded plug end must only be used with a grounded receptacle. Do not alter equipment or plugs, use adapters or two wire / ungrounded extensions cords.
- Electrical tools and equipment should be repaired by a qualified technician.
- Guards, switches and safety devices must not be removed, altered or made ineffective.
- Eye protection is recommended during grinding, chipping, drilling, cutting or any other activity that may create danger to the eyes from flying particles.
- Use hearing protection during activities where noise is at a high level.
- Electrical cords should be protected from oils and acids and from damage dur to heat, cuts, pinches, kinks and stress at end terminals.
- Visually inspect electrical tools for proper ground connections and sound cord insulation before each use.
- Never overload electrical tools.
- Disconnect the power cord before making adjustments, changing bits or blades and clearing jams.
- Remove adjustment / tightening keys and wrenches before starting tools.
- Do not leave portable electric tools unattended while plugged in. Do not carry energized tools with your finger on the switch.
- Regularly inspect circular blades, grinding wheels, abrasive cutting wheels and flanges for damage. Off center mounting and cracks can cause disintegration or wheels.
Power and hand tools can assist us in accomplishing many of our homeowner responsibilities and “honey-do” lists. Be sure you are using your tools responsibly so that you can enjoy the completion of your home projects.
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