power tools can be dangerous when used improperly, and using them in such ways will almost always result to unfortunate accidents and mishaps. Consider yourself lucky if all you get is a cut or a bruise, because some accidents related to power tools is tantamount to losing a limb – or worse, your life. Thus, when working with power tools, you’ll need to keep in mind the different rules and guidelines for using pink tool sets and making sure you use them correctly and safely.
Work in a Safe Area
always make it a point to inspect your workshop or working area before you grab your power tools. You’ll want to keep kids and pets away, especially if they’re too hyper and keep running around a lot. In addition, you’re going to want to work in a spacious and well-lit area. Your workspace should allow you to maneuver yourself and your tools comfortably, and at the same time see clearly the projects you’re working on. Furthermore, you should keep your work area and work bench clean and tidy – unnecessary clutter invites accidents (i.e. tripping on a cord or slipping because of oil) and some materials like wood chips can cause fire accidents when using power tools that emit sparks.
Wear Appropriate Work Clothes
the appropriate work clothes may vary from one job to another, but there are clothing staples that you’ll have to wear in order to reduce the chances of accidents happening. First are safety goggles, which are very important if you’re using power tools like sanders or grinders that cause sparks and debris to fly around. A face mask is also necessary because power saws and sanders will always release dust particles into the air. Avoid wearing loose clothing as well, lest they get jammed in the power tool’s motor. Be sure to take off all your jewelries, necktie, and any unnecessary accessories as well, and if you have long hair, be sure to tie them up. Rubber-soled footwear is also recommended, as they will help to prevent slips and electrocution.
Use Power Tools Properly
Before you plug in your power tool, make it a point to read the user’s manual that came with it, Read the instructions in the name plate as well, as this will give you vital information about the current requirements of the power tool in question. Always hold the tool properly and by the insulated gripping in order to avoid electrocution. Avoid carrying the power tool by the cord as this will loosen the electrical wirings that connect the cord to the power tool. Speaking of cords, never unplug a power tool by pulling at its cord. If your power tool came with a three-pronged plug. be sure to plug it into to appropriate outlet – the third prong is important in preventing grounding. Also, you should never, ever remove the third prong just to make it fit your outlet. If you need to use an adapter, be sure that it is appropriate for the power tool. Lastly, if you sense that there is something wrong with the power tool (i.e. unusual noise or inconsistent power) stop using it and put it away – for all you know, it may be an accident just waiting to happen.
Power tools can definitely make your work easier and faster, but that is only equipment true if you use them properly and appropriately. There are many workplace accidents that are attributed to malfunctioning and improperly handled power tools, and there’s no point in adding yourself to the list. So keep the above tips in mind before you plug and turn on your power tool to ensure that you’ll still be around to use them for a long time to come.