Safety Tips when working with power tools

So your feeling generous and want to tart up the house for your family. Or maybe you are refurbishing part of your house as you like high quality things? Or maybe you just want to hang a new curtain rail up so need to drill into the wall? Whatever the situation power tools make life easier.

Safety with Power Tools

Now there is no need to wally about trying to summon up the strength needed to finish off your DIY Project. Instead you may have a power tool, or multiple power tools, which make your life that bit easier, and allow you to focus on getting the job over the line.

Lets take it back a second and provide a definition just so that we are clear. A powertool is a tool that is actuated by an addtional power source and mechanism other than the solely manual labour used with hand tools. So they are normally or commonly powered by electricity or fuel, but electric power tools seem to be prevailant. Some example tools are Cordless Combi Drills, Cordless Planers, Cordless Jigsaws and even the Cordless Mitre Saw.

Safety with Power Tools

You have heard of these tools and may own some of them. But it is important to understand that although they can be highly useful, if they are misused they can be the cause of problems.

In this article we provide recommendations on how to use power tools. We encourage you to stick to these best practices so that you can keep safe and avoid potential accidents.

Switch your tool off before you connect it to a power supply

There are certain machines that act once they are swtiched on. Also when you are connecting the tool to the power supply at that point you are no longer in control of the tool. Hence best practice is to switch the tool off first.

Safety with Power Tools

Disconnect and lock out the power supply before configuring or carrying out any maintenance work to the tool

Accidents can happen easily whilst you are cleaning your tool or configuring it. It maybe that you accidently push on the start/ON button. Either way the main point is to have the tool on ONLY when you are using it for its intended purpose.

Do not use light duty extension cords

Power tools generally need large amounts of power. Hence it is important to use extension cables that have the capacity to safely transmit the power without heating up or being overloaded.

Safety with Power Tools

Do not carry or lift up electrical equiptment by the power chord

Power chords are not for carrying, they are for providing power. Keep to this rule, if your chord shows signs of wear or damage take it to a qualified electrician so that he can replace it safely.

Do not tie cords in tight knots

Tying cords in tight nots knots can cause short circuits and they can even cause shocks. Hence we suggest that the cords are looped feely or alternatively you may use a twist lock plug.

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