Everyone needs power tools and equipment at some point in their life. Just like any other tools you use around your house or in your place of work, you need to be very cautious while handling power equipment so that you don’t get hurt or damage them.
In this article, you will find a few safety tips and tricks you should know before you go near any electrical equipment.
Wear Your Protective Gear
The number one rule for safety when using any tools or equipment is to always wear the necessary protective gear. There are different types of protective gear but you may only need a few depending on the equipment you’ll be using. If you’re welding, doing any underground work, or working in extremely cold conditions, you will need to wear something that efficiently isolates your body from the cold or hot weather. You may need a face shield or mask when you’re working in certain conditions like dusty spaces or somewhere filled with bacteria or any other harmful organisms to protect your face and lungs. The important benefit of wearing protective gear is that it protects your body from injuries. Protective gear is divided into five categories; eyes and face, hand and skin, ears, feet, and head. Goggles and face shields, for instance, protect the eyes and face.
Keep Your Distance and Handle Them With Care
Whenever you’re using any equipment, especially ones that use power, try to maintain as much distance as possible between yourself and the tool. Being too close to power equipment limits the time you have to react to any potential accidents and makes you more vulnerable to injuries. You need to keep in mind that this equipment can be tricky and dangerous as well so you need to be extra careful whenever you handle them. Put them down carefully and store them in a safe place so that you don’t injure yourself.
Unplug Right After and Don’t Pull the Cords
Try to always remember to unplug your tools when you’re not using them, even if you’re just taking a small break. It is very important to unplug the equipment when replacing sharp blades or any part of the equipment so that you don’t accidentally start it and hurt yourself. Whenever you’re unplugging them, don’t pull the cord from a far distance or tug at it; pull it directly at the plug so that you don’t damage the cord.
Knowing how to correctly handle any electrical equipment ensures your safety as well as others’ safety and guarantees that you won’t damage the equipment itself. Be sure to follow all safety protocols designed for handling the equipment. It is best that you ask someone experienced with using equipment to give you a hand the first time you are going to use it. This way you get to understand how to properly and safely use them. Before using your electric equipment, be sure to scan them for any cracks or damages and if they have any, don’t use them until you get it fixed.
I’m hoping to pick up some new equipment for my shop. Thanks for the reminder about always unplugging right after use. I’ll make sure to do this to keep everyone safe!