Judging from the numerous television shows out there, DIY culture is booming in Australia. At Hi-Speed Tooling, we think that’s great. We encourage more people to become handier around the house.
What we don’t support, however, is poor safety. We take that very seriously. Electric powered hand tools are an asset in the right hands. In the wrong hands, they can cause catastrophic injury, even death.
While there are countless blogs and internet forums helping you with your DIY projects, we decided to give you some general safety tips while operating electric tools, so you can continue to enjoy DIY without any repercussions.
Before using any powered hand tools, you should inspect it to make sure it is not damaged. Things to look out for are defective cords (cracking and fraying), damaged switches or any other faulty component.
If you notice something is defective, remove it and label it so no one else will use it. Don’t be tempted to use it for ‘the time being.’ If you need to do work immediately, get your hands on another one. Do not attempt to do any repairs on electric tools yourself. Leave that to the professionals.
When storing your electric power tools, make sure they are protected against rain or wet conditions. Wet tools significantly increase the chances of electric shock from occurring.
Before you get started
You should really know how to use the tool before you use it. If you read the manual, it will give you instructions about how to operate the tool safely. Please use the tool only as instructed and do not attempt to use it for tasks (including a battery) that it’s not designed for.
If you are unsure about how to use the tool ergonomically – that is using it without causing awkward posture and harmful contact pressure – please take a look at the Ergonomic Tools section of this safety guide.
When using powered hand tools
First and foremost, you should be wearing clothing that is appropriate to the work you are doing. This could mean safety items such as safety glasses, dust masks, hearing protection, gloves and safety boots (or rubber boots).
Refrain from wearing any loose clothing, jewellery, or anything that could get caught in the machine. If you have long hair, tie it up.
Before you plug in the tool, make sure it is turned off. The last thing you want is for it to be operational when you don’t intend it too.
Be careful with the power cord. You want to protect the wiring from damage as much as possible, as it will decrease the likelihood of electrocution. Don’t bend the cords or yank it out from the power socket. Make sure you are not walking on it or that vehicles are driving over it. This puts a lot of stress on it.
When you’re finished using it, switch it off. Do not leave an electric tool plugged into the power supply, Make sure it is unplugged at the socket before walking away.
Lastly, if you see someone operating a tool, do not touch or surprise them. Being startled when using a power tool could cause an accident or injury.
These are some general safety tips you might want to think about next time you’re working on a DIY project. If you have any questions regarding electric tool safety, why don’t you give us a call?