So many accidents happen each year from using power tools, and many of them could be avoided if proper care and attention had been paid to safety procedures when using these tools. The first thing to do when you’re using power tools is to check the tools for any damage. Check the casing is intact and if they are not cordless, check the cord and plug for any damage. When you are sure that the tool is in good condition then check yourself. Make sure you are not wearing any loose clothing that could get caught in the tool. If you have long hair make sure it is tied back out of the way. Make sure you have some safety glasses or goggles too. This is especially important if you are working with a material that could shatter such as metal, or even bathroom wall tiles. When impacted by a power tool, a small shard of tile or metal can fly off at very high speeds and be very dangerous indeed. People have been blinded this way, so make sure you wear goggles and it won’t happen to you.
When you’re using an angle grinder, you must take great care. Always wear tough gloves, and carefully check the cutting disc to make sure it is in good condition. Never use a disc that is very worn. Make sure it is securely mounted. When you start up an angle grinder, always make sure you are holding it with both hands, and never start it with it in contact with anything. It can very easily bounce back off the surface and could cause you an injury. Also make sure that whatever you are cutting is well secured.
The power saw is the cause of most DIY accidents and so should always be used with extreme care. Read the instructions carefully so you know exactly the right way to fit the blades and use the tool. Always turn the power off before replacing a blade and check that the blade is firmly locked into place. When using the power saw, use it gently, never force the blade through anything as it could snap and fly off causing an injury. You should also be aware of the power cord and make sure it is nowhere near the blade. Hold the saw with both hands, and your hands will always be behind the cutting blade. Always clamp that which you are cutting, never hold it with your hand. A little extra time spent setting up your working area could save you from a bad accident. Saving a few minutes by cutting a few corners is just not worth it with potentially dangerous power tools. You really don’t want to lose your fingers for the sake of getting a job done a little quicker! Never ever remove any safety guards either. They are there for a reason!
DIY can be very rewarding, but it’s important to do your DIY jobs with care and to keep yourself safe.
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