Power tools are used in all sorts of projects and maintenance in homes all over the world. However, power tools have the ability and power to cause serious and/or fatal injuries if used incorrectly or irresponsibly; safety is of the utmost importance when using electric and battery-powered tools. Here are our top 8 safety tips for using power tools, so you can stay safe while completing DIY projects, house and garden maintenance, and more.
- Use Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) and dress appropriately for the task
Power tools are just that – powerful. Using them without proper caution can cause injury, and even regular correct use can cause excess dust and debris that is harmful to breathe in or irritating to skin and eyes. The appropriate PPE should be worn to protect you from injury, dust, debris, and more, including:
- Safety glasses,
- Ear protection for loud tools,
- Hard hats, where appropriate,
- Safety boots, where appropriate.
When operating garden tools such as a lawnmower or grass trimmer, make sure your arms and legs are covered, as well as wearing gloves and safety footwear to protect your hands and feet.
- Always read the manual before operating a new power tool
Always read the tool’s manual before you operate it for the first time and check the manual if you ever feel unsure or confused. Ensure that you are only using the tool for its intended purpose and that you have the correct tool type, attachments, sizes, etc for the task – using the wrong parts or tool for the job can have serious consequences. If your tool is broken/not working as it should, do not use it and either repair or replace the tool before you use it.
- Check the area for hazards or potential issues before operating your power tool
Before operating any power tool, check the surrounding area for any hazards or potential issues. Clear the area of debris and other obstacles and ensure there is enough space to safely and properly use the power tool. Also be sure not to operate power tools within damp, dusty, or dirty conditions, as this can damage the tool.
Try to keep other people and animals away from the work area to minimise the chances of an accident occurring. If conducting garden maintenance, stay aware of the area and be on the lookout for small garden animals, such as hedgehogs, hiding at the edge of the garden.
- Inspect the cables of the tool for any damage or hazards
When using mains-powered tools, always check the cables and plugs for signs of damage or potential hazards before use. Do not use a tool that is damaged, and don’t take any chances when it comes to electricals.
If you’re tired of using mains-powered tools but still need significant power, WORX has a wide range of cordless power tools available.
- Charge cordless power tools’ batteries in line with manufacturer instructions
Always charge the batteries of your cordless power tools in line with the manufacturer’s instructions. This will almost always include only charging the battery with manufacturer-approved charging devices. Read the manual if you’re ever unsure of charging instructions. Furthermore, keep batteries away from harmful or hazardous materials while charging, operating, and storing the device.
With WORX’s Power ShareTM range, you can use the same battery to power all your tools, from cordless drills to the Landroid robotic mower. Sharing batteries between tools helps to save your money, time, and storage space.
- When operating a power tool, always stay alert and pay attention
Operating a power tool is a dangerous job, so make sure you stay alert and pay attention to what you’re doing. If you’re tired, inebriated, or otherwise unfit, do not use your power tool and come back to it once you’re feeling normal.
- Ensure the tool is unplugged (if mains-powered), turned off, and stored properly when not in use
Tools should be turned off completely when not in use. For mains-powered tools, make sure you unplug the tool when it’s not being used. The best way to store your power tools is to keep them in the case they came in, or if that isn’t possible, in a toolbox.
- Keep your tools in good condition and well-maintained between uses
Keep your power tools in good, clean condition between uses to help get the most out of them. You should also keep your tools well-maintained and check that they are fully functional before and between every use.