11 Power Tools Safety Rules
- Always use the right tool
- Read instructions thoroughly and carefully
- Keep fingers away from switches
- Disconnect tools when not in use
- Be careful with the cords
- Regularly inspect your power tools
- Always maintain cleanliness in work area
- Wear appropriate clothes all the time
- Use an earplug to avoid hearing loss
- Try to remain on solid ground
- Observers should be at a safe distance
Always use the right tool
Always use the right power tool for the job, as misusing a tool is very dangerous. If you can’t find the right tool, then borrow or purchase one. In case you are not sure if the tool you have is what you need, it would be wiser to err on the side of caution.
Read instructions thoroughly and carefully
It is a common mistake for people to take their power tools out of the box and use them immediately. Even if you have previous experience in using a certain power tool, you should still sit down and read the instructions. Reading the instruction manual not only ensures your safety; it can also give you extra tips in using the tool more efficiently.
Keep fingers away from switches
While most power tools are designed in such a way that they won’t be turned on accidentally, you should still be careful not to inadvertently press the on/off switch. Ensure that your fingers are not close to the power button when transporting the power tool from one place to another.
Disconnect tools when not in use
Some people like to keep the power tool plugged in, for the sake of convenience. But while it can be convenient to them, this can be really dangerous. Power tools should be disconnected when not in use.
Be careful with the cords
You should also be cautious with the cord. You should never carry a power tool by its cord. Nor should you swing the tool around by its cord. You must also be careful when unplugging a power tool. Grasp the plug firmly then carefully pull it out of the outlet.
Regularly inspect your power tools
A damaged power tool can be dangerous. Make it a habit to regularly inspect power tools. Cover small nicks with electrical tape if the cord is damaged. The cord may be replaced if there’s a deep cut or tear on it.
Safety guards must not have any cracks, and never removed. A damaged safety guard must be replaced immediately. Inspect a power tool before using it. Power tools that have not been used for months should be inspected as well.
Always maintain cleanliness in work area
A dirty, messy environment significantly increases the odds of a worker experiencing an injury. For instance, sawdust floating in the air may end up in a worker’s eyes. A work area that is too cluttered can cause cords to become tangled, leading to serious problems. Flammable liquids may not be stored properly in a messy work area. Worse, these liquids may be placed near power tools, which can be a recipe for disaster.
Wear appropriate clothes all the time
When you use a power tool, you must never wear baggy clothes as these could become entangled. If you have long hair, tie it back so that it won’t make contact with the tool. You should also avoid wearing jewelry which could dangle loose from your body.
Wear clothes that cover the entire body when using a power tool. You can also wear hard hats, dusk masks and other protective gear. If you have boots, then wear these as well. To avoid hand injuries, wear heavy and durable gloves.
Use an earplug to avoid hearing loss
Use an earplug to avoid hearing loss. Most power tools are so loud that the potential for hearing loss is extremely high. The risks of getting deaf significantly increase when you use a power tool in an enclosed area as the sound reverberates off floors, walls, and ceilings. Slipping an earplug in before turning on a power tool can help you avoid hearing loss.
Try to remain on solid ground
Work on solid ground when using a power tool. Avoid working on elevated platforms and ladders as this can be very risky. If you really have to climb a ladder, ensure that the footing of the ladder is secure.
Observers should be at a safe distance
People may want to observe how to use power tools, but they must remain at a safe distance. They must also wear goggles and similar protective gear to avoid injuries even if they are far away. Children should not go near power tools, and parents should teach their kids that these pieces of equipment are dangerous.
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