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Power Tool Safety Rules

Power tools can be very useful and can save you a lot of work when compared to using hand tools. It's important to follow the safety precautions when using power tools of any kind to prevent injuries. Most power tools come with an instruction manual, for safety read and understand the power tool manual before using the tool.

Power tools should be fitted with guards and safety switches; they are extremely hazardous when used improperly. The types of power tools are determined by their power source: electric, pneumatic, liquid fuel, hydraulic, and powder-actuated.

To prevent hazards associated with the use of power tools, you should observe the following general precautions:

  • Never carry a power tool by the cord or hose.
  • Never yank the cord or the hose to disconnect it from the receptacle.
  • Keep cords and hoses away from heat, oil, and sharp edges.
  • Disconnect power tools when not using them, before servicing and cleaning them, and when changing accessories such as blades, bits, and cutters.
  • Keep all people not involved with the work at a safe distance from the work area.
  • Secure work with clamps or a vise, freeing both hands to operate the power tool.
  • Avoid accidental starting. Do not hold fingers on the switch button while carrying a plugged-in tool.
  • Maintain power tools with care; keep them sharp and clean for best performance.
  • Follow instructions in the userís manual for lubricating and changing accessories.
  • Be sure to keep good footing and maintain good balance when operating power tools.
  • Wear proper apparel for the task. Loose clothing, ties, or jewelry can become caught in moving parts.
  • Remove all damaged portable electric tools from use and have them repaired or purchase new tools.

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