What would our lives be like without the help of tools, power tools to be more precise? Well, I can say that we surely would not get things done as quickly or as precisely as we'd like. We'd probably also be just like our ancestors the cavemen who slowly began to establish tools into their lives.
Power tools of today are very high tech pieces of equipment that if not handled properly can injure, maim, or even kill the unprepared. So before you grab that ax, chain saw, or power drill, be sure to read through some of these guidelines to keep you and your loved ones safe.
The first thing you want to do is make sure that all the tools you use are kept in working condition before you use them. Double check to make sure the wiring is not cut, blades are secure and sharp, and read all the instructions about how to use the power tool BEFORE using it.
If any of the tools you are going to use require some sort of safety equipment, be sure to purchase this equipment and use it as instructed. OSHA requires workers to wear many safety equipment before they can work. Things like goggles, hard hats, and gloves.
Whenever you go to use some sort of power tool that you aren't too sure how it works or more importantly how powerful it will be, be sure to give its power a brief test first. This should go without saying but please test it out before you actually use it on the job you plan to use the tool for.
Another great safety tip for using tools is to make sure that the place where you are working in is not dangerous. i.e make sure that there is nothing there that is going to go up in flames and burn the place down if you throw off sparks.
Last but definitely not least, when using any type of electrical tools, make sure that you are not in any danger to get shocked. Keep all plug ins away from water and make sure that your wires or what you are working on is safely grounded. Electric shock can kill you instantly so don't fool around with electricity.
The best rule to keep in mind is that if you are not sure how to use a tool safely, ask someone who does to show you the proper procedures. It's always better to be safe than sorry.