Before you fire up that power tool for your next do-it-yourself home project, remember to treat electrical devices with care. Even though many tools are equipped with safety mechanisms, it’s still important to heed precautions. Keep in mind these tips from the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) when using power tools:

  • Do not carry tools by their cords.
  • Pull the cord out of the outlet by the plug, not by pulling on the cord.
  • Do not use in a wet or damp job sites, unless the tool is specifically approved for those conditions. Store them in a dry place when not being used.
  • While carrying a tool, do not touch the switch or trigger that operates it to avoid accidental starts.
  • Ensure your work area is well-lit.
  • Unplug tools when cleaning or fixing, while changing other parts of the tool such as blades or bits, and when not in use.
  • Ensure that all extension cords are not worn or frayed.
  • Wear proper clothing – no ties, jewelry, or other loose items that could get caught.

Source: Magen Howard & the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration

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