Tool Safety

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Tool Safety Tip # 1

  • When working with both hand tools and power tools I take tool safety seriously.
  • Stay 100% focused on what you are doing as a lack of attention may cause an injury.

When I started at DIY I missed striking the nail with the hammer a few times and hit my thumb instead, I very quickly learnt to concentrate.

 

Tool Safety Tip #2

According to an online source 65% of eye injuries occur around the home?  This stat did surprise me indeed.

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Suggest you:

  • Protect your eyes from dust, debris, splinters from wood, glass and other objects by wearing safety glasses.

  • When using the lawnmower or whipper snipper or brush cutter consider wearing eye protection.
  • Accidents can happen unexpectedly and quickly, so always protect your eyes when working with any type of tool.

Tool Safety # 3

Items like jewellery, rings, long hair, sandals and loose clothing can easily get caught up in power tools.

remove jewellery, rings,

  • Remove jewellery and rings.
  • Tie long hair tie it well back behind your head, out of the way of fast moving power tools.
  • Ensure your clothes fit snug against your body to avoid any part getting caught in fast turning tools.
  • Wear closed in foot wear – boots or joggers with rubber soles.

 

Tool Safety # 4

When using any type of power tool, wear ear muffs or ear plugs to protect your hearing.  Both are effective in reducing the noise.

ear muffs or ear plugs

Tool Safety # 5

Protect your lungs and skin:

  • When sanding (hand or electric) use a dust mask to reduce the risk of breathing in dust particles.
  • When using toxic substances such as a paint stripper wear a dust mask to prevent inhalation of fumes.
  • Use  gloves to protect your skin.

dust mask

Tool Safety # 6

Use a scanning or sensor device to avoid risk of electrocution when drilling holes in walls or ceiling:

  • Use a scanning or sensor device to check for electrical wiring.
  • Scanners can also detect timber studs in walls.
  • Scanners are also useful for finding water pipes within walls.

Tool Safety # 7

When replacing saw blades, router bits or drill bits always turn off power to the tool being used.

  • As an added precaution remove the power tool’s plug from the wall.

remove power point

  • The reason for this is to reduce the risk of accidentally knocking the starter switch which in turn activates the blade or bit.
  • If the tool accidentally turns on, it may cause injury.

 

Tool Safety # 8

Check your home and work area is fitted with a safety switch or earth leakage breaker at the main meter box to the property.  Why?

safety switch, earth leakage breaker

  • If a power tool (or electrical appliance) develops a short the safety switch at the meter box which turns off the power immediately.
  • A safety switch therefore reduces the risk of anyone in the home receiving an electrical shock.

I have had both an electric drill and kettle develop electrical shorts, so having a safety switch is essential in every home.

If you are not sure whether your home is fitted with a safety switch, ask your local licensed electrician to check and install one.

 

Tool Safety # 9

Use one extension lead instead of multiple leads connected to multiple tools.

  • The more electrical cords lying on the floor the easier it is to trip over one of them.
  • In an emergency it is much quicker to turn off one power point instead of multiple.

use one extension lead

Tool Safety # 10

If using recycled timber check first for nails, bolts or screws still lodged in the timber.

  • Remove with a hammer or crowbar.
  • Sparks fly everywhere if you hit an old nail with a power tool blade.

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