Monday, June 27, 2011

Power Tool Safety

These days, power tools can be found in almost every home! They speed up long jobs and make the process easier. That being said, they can be dangerous if not used properly! Follow these simple safety tips and your project will be a success!

  • Wear safety glasses. Safety glasses protect your eyes from debris. Prescription glasses are designed to be impact resistant, but dust and debris can easily get around the frame and into your eyes.

  • Always read the manufacturer's instructions before using any power tools and equipment. Pay attention all safety precautions.

  • Use the right tool for the right job. For instance, a single construction project may require the use of several types of saw blades, different sized drill bits, and nails ranging from heavy duty galvanized to finishing.You want to make sure you choose the right tool before you get started!

  • Protect your ears. Many power tools create a lot of noise that can be damaging to the ears. Chances are if you need to shout over the noise, your ears are at risk.

  • Dress appropriately for the project. Avoid loose clothing and, for protection, wear clothes that cover the entire body. Wear heavy gloves to protect your hands and a mask to reduce inhalation of dust and particles. Also make sure long hair doesn't interfere with the work.

  • Use both hands when using power tools. If you need to hold something in place, use a clamp.

We at Benchmark Contracting know that some projects are small enough to do on your own, but we want to remind you to stay safe!


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