Power tools are indispensable for professionals and people who deal with Do-it-yourself home improvement jobs. They’re preferred as they help users to save time and they also make the job simpler. However, they need to be handled carefully otherwise they can lead to injury. Mishaps generally occur due to negligence, boredom, and overconfidence. By keeping the following 10 safety issues in your mind, it’s possible to work satisfactorily and safely by using power tools.
1. Safety glasses
These prevent dust, debris, wood shavings, shards from fiberglass, etc from getting into your eyes. Safety glasses are one of the most basic pieces of safety equipment that really must be used when working with power tools.
2. Protection for your ears
Power tools can generate a lot of noise, which may sound louder in the cloistered environment of a workshop; in order to minimize damage to the ears, you need to use earplugs.
3. Understanding the right tools for the job
It is very important to understand the right tools for the job in order to avoid injury to oneself and damage to the materials. As a result, you need to thoroughly read the instruction manuals provided with the equipment and find familiar with the recommended safety precautions.
4. The correct method of using tools
Tools shouldn’t be carried by their cords; tools that aren’t in use should be disconnected; and while handling a tool connected to a power source, fingers should be kept away from the on/off switch.
5. The right clothes
Long hair should be tied and loose clothing should be avoided. Ideally, clothing that protects the entire body should be worn and heavy gloves should be used in order to avoid sharp implements and splinters from hurting the hands. Masks prevent inhalation of harmful minute particles from the material that’s being worked upon. Steel-toed work boots and hard hats can be worn.
6. Cleanliness in the work area
This should be maintained because accumulated dust particles in the air can ignite with a spark. Of course, flammable liquids should be kept covered and away from the place where power tools are being used. An uncluttered work area also makes it simple to maneuver the power tool; often distractions caused by a tangled cord can result in an accident.
7. Care with particular tools
Miter saws and table saws should be used with a quick-release clamp and a wood push-through, respectively. Extra care should be taken while using nail weapons and power belt sanders.
8. Tool inspection
Power tools shouldn’t be employed in wet environments and should never be dipped in water; they should be checked periodically for exposed wiring, damaged plugs, and loose plug pins. Nicked cords can be taped but when a cut appears to be deep, a cord should be replaced. Tools that are damaged or those that sound and feel different when used should be checked and repaired.
9. Keep tools in position
Power tools should be returned to their cabinets after use to prevent them from being used by an unauthorized and incapable person.
It is very important to use proper lighting while working with power tools, particularly when working in the garage and basement where lighting may not be satisfactory.