Why Power Tool Safety Matters
You’ve got to have the right tools for the job, and power tools can help you complete household projects more efficiently and with a professional touch. A set of power tools is a great investment for you DIYers out there, but keep in mind just how dangerous they can be. You want to be the one who’s just finished that remodeling project, not one of the thousands of people who end up in the emergency room every year due to an accident caused by a power tool. This is why it’s important to follow power tool safety tips, whether it’s a stationary power tool like a table saw or a portable power tool, like a drill or a sander.
1. Use the Correct Tools
If you don’t have the right tool for the task at hand, don’t be tempted to use something else instead—go out and get exactly what you need. Read the owner’s manual and pay attention to what’s listed there; the manufacturer should have included what jobs the tool is meant to perform.
2. Read—And Follow—All Instructions
Never just dive in and start using your power tools immediately after you’ve taken them out of the box. Even if you already have experience using this kind of tool, it’s still important to read the instructions. Characteristics vary from model to model, and, for example, a cordless version may work differently from one with a cord and there may be different precautions. Read the manual and learn about the tool BEFORE you use it.
3. Unplug Power Tools When You’re Not Using Them
This one should be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised by how many people leave their power tools plugged in when they’re not being used. You don’t want anything to be turned on by accident, so power down and unplug when you’re finished.
4. Inspect Your Tools
A damaged power tool is a recipe for disaster. Inspect your collection of power tools periodically to make sure you discover issues like torn cords and cracked safety guards before your next project.
5. Dress Appropriately
Do not wear loose clothing when you’re using or in the vicinity of power tools that are in use. If your hair is long enough to be tied back, be sure to do so. Remove dangling jewelry, and NEVER wear open-toed shoes. Work boots exist for a reason, as do work gloves, hard hats, and dust masks. Protect your eyes with safety glasses or goggles (and your ears with earplugs!).
Oasis Home Inspections wishes you a safe and happy New Year, and practicing power tool safety is a great resolution to make! We are proud to serve Brevard County with quality home inspection services. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.