Many home repair jobs require power tools. Before you begin, familiarize yourself with the following basic safety guidelines.
Buying and Using Power Tools
When buying electrical tools, look for the approval symbol of an authorized consumer laboratory such as the Underwriters Laboratory (UL).
- Read the owner's manual before using power tools.
- Get training on any electrical tool before you begin using it.
- Wear personal protective equipment such as safety goggles, face shields, disposable masks, gloves, etc.
- Avoid wearing rings, jewelry or loose clothing when operating power tools.
- Use a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter when working with power tools.
- Make sure a power tool is turned off before you plug it in or unplug it.
- When working on a ladder or scaffold, be sure your tools are secure. A falling tool can seriously injure you or a co-worker.
Maintenance and Repair
- Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for maintaining your power tools. Most metal tools should be lightly oiled and stored in a cool, dry place.
- Always unplug the tool when you change blades or do minor repairs.
- Inspect tools before each use and replace or repair a tool if it is worn or damaged.
- Check screws, nuts, bolts and movable parts to ensure they are tightened.
- Make sure your workshop and storage area is clean and dry. Sparks can ignite scraps, solvents, etc.