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Safety when using Power Tools
Power tools are a common part of our everyday DIY lives and are present in every home. These tools help us to easily perform DIY tasks that otherwise would be difficult or maybe impossible. However, these simple tools can be hazardous and have the potential for causing severe injuries when used or maintained improperly. Special attention toward hand power tool safety is necessary in order to reduce or eliminate all potential hazards.

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Owner Manual


Modern technology has made amazing advances in the simplest of features, including automatic shut-off, enhanced guarding and more resilient DIY materials. But the common trait has come to be worth its weight in gold within the power tool market, is the owner's manual.

Today's manuals not only have better graphics showing its users what each part of the device should look like. Most of the leading DIY manufacturers will have explicit directions and instructions for the safety and maintenance of each individual power tool. Of course, no instructions are completely fool proof, especially if the content of such manuals isn't completely understood by the end user.
Common Sense


However, a bit of common sense and know-how never hurt anyone, so there are a few safety guidelines which should be followed by all DIY-ers users of power tools. For example, wearing the proper clothing is essential, and you should never wear loose clothing that could easily get caught in a power tool. Safety gear is crucial- hard hat, safety goggles and gloves, along with the proper footwear. Using the right tool, whether in size or something else, for the job at hand, including the right type of electrical extension lead. The work area should always be clean, uncluttered and well lit. Keep all electric tools away from water and flammables. Do not use power tools with frayed or damaged cords. Damaged parts anywhere in a power tool, including saw blades and drill bits, can cause damage to the tool itself or the individual carrying out the task. Unplug all electric power tools when finished with or before changing to another tool.
Maintenance


As far as the proper maintenance of all power tools, common sense is again of the highest importance. For example, making sure that the proper guards are placed on saw blades when not in use is both a safety and maintenance issue. Saw blades are required to be sharp to deliver the best performance possible. By the same token but can also be incredibly dangerous, so take all proper preventive measures.
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