Stay safe when using power tools
Power tools are very popular with people who enjoy DIY projects. Originally they were developed for professionals mainly in the construction industry. Power tools can be purchased or hired these days and providing you read the instructions, are very safe to use. It is important to be aware of safety when using any power tools as carelessness can lead to accidents. There are some safety precautions you can take which will reduce the likelihood of injury.
Safety goggles or other appropriate eye protection will prevent wood shavings, dust, debris and other detritus from getting into your eyes. Safety glasses or goggles are one of the most important and basic pieces of equipment that you should use when using power tools.
Next on your shopping list should be ear protection which generally comes in the form of ear plugs or ear muffs. Many power tools are noisy which can lead to hearing damage particularly when using the equipment in an enclosed space.
Make sure you wear the right sort of clothing and strong boots. Proper overalls are worth investing in. Strong gloves are advisable to protect your hands and a face mask will protect your airway from potentially harmful particles. Do not wear loose or flappy clothes, slippery shoes, shoes with open toes or anything that may get caught up in your project or the cabling. If you have long hair, tie it up so that it is out of the way.
Always inspect your power tools before and after use for any signs of wear or damage. Store your power tools in their own cases and do not carry them by the cable. Always unplug the equipment when not in use. Use your common sense when doing a DIY project, be honest with yourself about your own abilities and if you have any doubts get a professional contractor in to do the job.