Electric Tool Safety

Electric Power Tool Safety


  1. KEEP WORK AREA CLEAN - Cluttered areas and benches invite injuries.
  2. CONSIDER WORK AREA ENVIRONMENT - Don�t expose power tool to rain. Don�t use power tools in damp or wet locations. Keep work areas well lit. Don�t use power tools in presence of flammable liquids or gases.
  3. GUARD AGAINST ELECTRIC SHOCK - Prevent body contact with grounded surfaces (i.e., pipes, radiators, stoves and refrigerators).
  4. KEEP CHILDREN AWAY - Do not let visitors contact tool or extension cord. All visitors should be kept away from the work area.
  5. STORE IDLE TOOLS - When not in use, tool should be stored in a dry, high or locked up place, out of the reach of children.
  6. DO NOT FORCE TOOL - It will do a better and safer job, at the rate for which it was intended.
  7. USE THE RIGHT TOOL - Don�t force small tools or attachments to do the job of a heavy duty tool. Don�t use tools for purposes not intended; for example, don�t use a circular saw for cutting tree limbs or logs.
  8. DRESS PROPERLY - Do not wear loose clothing or jewelry. They can be caught in moving parts. Rubber gloves and non-skid footwear are recommended when working outdoors. Wear protective hair covering to contain long hair.
  9. USE SAFETY GLASSES OR GOGGLES - Also, use face mask or dust mask if operation is dusty.
  10. DO NOT ABUSE CORD - Never carry tool by cord or yank it to disconnect it from the receptacle. Keep cord away from heat, oil and sharp edges.
  11. SECURE WORK - Use clamps or a vise to hold work. It�s safer than using your hand and it frees up both hands to operate the tool.
  12. DO NOT OVERREACH - Keep proper footing and balance at all times.
  13. MAINTAIN TOOLS WITH CARE - Keep tools sharp and clean for better and safer performance. Follow instructions for lubricating and changing accessories. Inspect extension cords periodically and replace if damaged. Keep handles dry, clean and free from oil and grease.
  14. DISCONNECT TOOLS - When not in use, before servicing and when changing accessories such as blades or bits.
  15. REMOVE ADJUSTING KEYS AND WRENCHES - Form the habit of checking to see that the keys and adjusting wrenches are removed from the tool before turning it on.
  16. AVOID UNINTENTIONAL STARTING - Don�t carry a plugged-in tool with a finger on the switch. Be sure switch is off when plugging in.