Power tools in the wrong or inexperienced hands can be very dangerous. However, if they are handled and used correctly, they are fantastic at making a task much quicker and easier. Accidents are generally caused by negligence and boredom. By following a few simple rules, the user can stay safe.

Protection for the eyes and ears is paramount when using power tools. With dust, wood shavings and debris flying about, something could easily fly into the eye if goggles aren’t worn. Ear protectors are essential too against the noise of hand and cutting tools. They might not seem so noisy, but in an enclosed space, for an extended period of time, permanent damage can be caused to the ear drums.

When handling power tools, it is important to take proper safety precautions such as securing any loose clothing such as shirt cuffs (or hair) which may become trapped or tangled in the machine causing serious injury. Heavy duty gloves should be worn to avoid injuring the hands. Masks will also prevent any dust or fibres from being inhaled when cutting or drilling.

It may seem obvious, but it is amazing the number of people who use hand or cutting tools without the proper training and so use them incorrectly. So, take the time to learn how to use the tool, and know what kind of tool is appropriate for the task in hand. Knowing how to carry and store tools is also a good thing to learn as it will prolong the life of your tools. Before using a tool for the first time, make sure you know how to maintain it to a high standard. Check regularly for any loose wiring or faulty connections.

Following a few easy rules can avoid accidents and make a job easier and safer, so make sure you follow them!

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