How to stay safe while handling power tools

Adding power tools to your DIY tool box can be a complete game-changer. You’ll be amazed at how much speed and efficiency they bring to your projects and it will certainly not be a purchase your regret. However, while power tools might be great assets they are also potentially dangerous if you handle them the wrong way. That’s why we’ve outlined a few top safety tips to help all power tool first-timers use their new machines with respect and safety.

Buy quality tools – This should really go without saying, but if you buy poor quality tools then they are going to be more likely to malfunction. Stick with respected brand names you trust and go for heat-treated steel tools where possible.

Wear appropriate PPE – If there’s one thing we’ve all learned in the last 18 months it’s the importance of PPE. Decent protective equipment is just as mandatory when using power tools as it is when visiting your local supermarket. Aside from face masks and goggles you might also need gloves and other protective gear.

Stand on a hard, flat surface – Maintaining stability is crucial when using power tools. Ensure you are comfortable and secure before switching on.

Dont use jewellery or any accessories – If you get a piece of jewellery or any other fashionable accessory attached to your person caught in a power tool then you’re going to know about it. Be smart and remove all accessories. You should also be wearing attire that is comfortable and that you don’t mind getting damaged.

Use the right tool for the right job – It might be tempting to try using a wrench as a hammer when you have a wrench in your hands and your hammer is in another room but it’s not worth it. Trust us. Also, ensure you’re using the right bits and blades for your tools.

Respect your tools – Handle the with care and don’t treat your power tools like toys. That means never throwing tools to others, putting them away safely so your kids can’t find them and generally treating them with care and attention. This also means remembering to pick up after yourself and clearing the workspace when you’re done as a messy workspace could lead to a devastating trip or fall.

Inspect your tools – A power tool should always be in 100% working order before you even consider switching it on. Ensure you’re always using good quality batteries such as the milwaukee battery range and that there are no defects to speak of before cracking on.

Keep the space clear – There should always be enough room for you to operate safely without coming into contact with others. Then there’s the issue of cord entanglement, which can be mitigated if you focus solely on cordless power tools.

Do your training – Don’t go in blind. At least watch a few YouTube videos and ask a friend for advice before giving right in.

Article by Born Realist