Power Tool Safety - Guide4Home Safety Checklist
Reducing the risk of injury
Power tools safety isn’t always the first thing you consider when planning a job or buying a new tool, but it is vitally important. Not even the most perfect home improvement project is worth injuring yourself for.
It’s impossible to foresee and prevent all accidents – that’s why they’re called accidents – but there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of injuring yourself and others. Our handy checklist describes these steps.
- Dress for safety. This means covering up all the parts of your body likely to sustain injury. If you’re working with very sharp tools, wear sturdy gloves on your hands. If there’s any likelihood of getting flying pieces of wood or metal in your eyes, protect them with a pair of goggles. Our page on power tools accessories has more information on protective clothing.
- Keep your work area clear. Clutter causes accidents, so keep unnecessary items away from your workspace until you’ve finished the job. Make sure that children, pets and other members of the household are out of the way too.
- Check out the tool itself. Power tools safety requires that the tool is maintained properly. Make sure that it’s well-oiled and in good working condition. If you’re unsure, visit your nearest service center for a power tool safety check-up.
- Check out the electrical supply. For example, many domestic fires are caused by overheating of extension cords. Don’t overload the extension cords – if a cord feels hot to the touch of your hand, disconnect. If the protective casing is on the cord is missing or damaged, don’t use it. In other words, if you see wires, throw the cord away. You should also make sure that paths between the tool and the power socket are as simple as possible. You don’t want to have a power cable trailing across the entire room if you can avoid it.
- Prepare for the worst. Although power tools safety precautions reduce your chances of injury, sometimes accidents do happen. Make sure you have a well-stocked first aid kit, and consider going on a first aid course too.