Safety (Extended)

This one is for all of you handy people out there. So, you have your little (or not so little) working corner. You have filled it with all the necessities. Now, it’s time to use all of that. But before you do, listen to a word of advice. This one concerns your electric tools.

There is no such thing as being too safe

It may seem boring to you and you probably already heard it. However, safety precautions when using power tools are a poem that needs to be learned by heart. Although we’ve already written about safety measures when operating with tools, this piece is dedicated specifically to electric ones. Make sure you follow these guidelines and you’ll be good to go.

Before you start

Inspect your tools carefully. Any damage, no matter how seemingly small and insignificant, is not welcomed. Your tools must be in perfect condition. Before connecting your tools to the power source, make sure they’re turned off. And always use appropriate clothing (nothing hanging around, no jewelry, long hair should be tied up). Also use safety goggles and/or helmets and gloves. One more thing: only operate the tools that you know how to operate. Read the instruction manuals carefully. It’s worth it.

The ambiance

Your work station/place should be filled with light, so that you can see clearly. It must be neat and clean. And stay away from the water and leaking sources! Never use these tools in damp conditions, ever!

Power away

When using the power tools, give them your full attention. No chatting while working! Also, never work if you’re feeling down the weather, or if you’ve been drinking. Don’t rush and don’t lean over. If you must move around, always turn the power tool off. Use the tool for what it was supposed to be used, don’t try to improvise. If your tool becomes jammed during work, turn it off (and unplug it). Only then seek for a solution.

After you’re done

Check the tools again to see if there was any damage made. This also applies to the cords. Especially to the cords. Damaged ones should be replaced immediately. Make sure you’ve turned your tools off and that you’ve unplugged them. Then start cleaning them up. Put them in a dry and safe place ‘till the next project.

Remember, treat all your tools with care and respect. In return, they’ll accompany you in whatever endeavor you wish to indulge yourself into.

Bonus:

I use to work as a certified plumber back when I lived in Macomb County, Michigan. We used an electric drain snake and I had a really close call using it.  When we were backing the snake out of the drain we were a bit too heavy on the foot pedal that controlled it and the end of the snake came flying out and came about 2 inches away from smacking me in the face.  Always go slow an steady if you ever use an electric foot pedal drain snake!