Tom Stride 2016-09-15 15:00:00
Every year, thousands visit the emergency room after having used a power tool. In Canada, the number of deaths from power tools is only in the single digits. Even though the number of fatalities is quite low, it is vital to always apply caution and safety when using power tools.
Indeed, power tools can make construction projects, home renovations or backyard repairs more efficient and complete. On the other hand, without proper protection and techniques, it can also be dangerous. This is why you should never be cavalier heading into a project that requires the use of power tools. We tend to think we all it know, but oftentimes we don't so be careful!
Perhaps it's time to check our nonchalance at the door. It make us safer in the end.
Today, there are all different types of power tools for close to every single home improvement project. Everything from power sanders to power drills, from power saws to power nail guns, there are just various power tools out there that makes it surprising that more people aren't hurt.
With that being said, here are seven power tool safety tips that could save your life:
Always Read the Instructions
Whether it's your first time using a specific power tool or it's your 10th, it's best to read the instructions. When it's your first time, you should thoroughly read the instruction handbook from front to back. When it's your 10th time, you should just quickly peruse the guide to ensure you haven't missed out on anything. By doing this, you increase the likelihood of being safe.
Handle the Power Tool Carefully
If you want to be safe then handle the power tools with care. If you're carrying around the power tool by the cord or you're dropping it to the ground when you're finished the chore, you can risk endangering yourself in various ways. Simply put: be careful with your power tool. For more information, Popular Woodworking Magazine has a guide on how to hold a drill properly.
Use the Right Tool for the Job
A common mistake that do-it-yourself (DIY) home renovators make is using the wrong power tool for a certain job. This can cause damage to your home and pose as a risk to your health. Never use the wrong tool for a job. If you can't find a power tool for a project then delay it and wait until you can get your hands on the power tool you need.
Keep Your Fingers Away from the Switches
Nearly all of the power tools available today are created so that they do not turn on by accident. Regardless, you should always refrain from pressing it on and off while handling these power tools. The way to do this is to keep your fingers away from the switches. Also, if available, put the safety lock on so that it won't suddenly turn on when it's not being used.
Protect Your Eyes & Ears
Let's face it: your eyes and ears are very sensitive. Therefore, they have to be protected.
You should be wearing goggles as your sawing wood. You should be sporting earplugs, even if the power tools do not seem very loud. Accidents happen, incidents take place and power tools can fault from time to time. When this happens, you want your eyes and ears to be well guarded.
Be Sure the Area is Neat & Tidy
Whether you're at a construction site or you're in the basement, you always want your working area to be neat and tidy. If it isn't then you could become injured because you tripped on a cord.
Every half an hour or so, be sure you clean up the area so that nothing impedes you when you get up. You should also have a system in place where you can put down the tools, set down materials in an easy-to-get-to area and toss out garbage without acting as a hurdle.
Regularly Inspect the Power Tools
Your power tools may be brand new or they may be a decade-old. In any event, you should always inspect the power tools before and after every use. If a screw is loose, a blade seems to be worn down or the power cord looks to be on the brink of breaking down, these can be easily remedied early enough by regular inspections. By avoiding inspections, you risk putting yourself in danger.
If your power tool doesn't pass the test, consider purchasing new ones as a replacement. Contact your nearby local hardware store, such as Mississauga Hardware, and find a suitable replacement from their product catalogue.
Power tools are very powerful, durable and effective in performing any task that needs to be done right. At the same time, without the proper safety equipment, knowledge of how they work and an organized workspace, these same power tools can perhaps harm you one day. It can be avoided by being careful, responsible and attentive to all of the power tools available to you.