Power equipment is an incredibly beneficial tool for handymen and seasoned professionals alike. From making a DIY project come together seamlessly to aiding in completing a construction site job, power equipment is the backbone of craftsmen. However, when handled incorrectly, power equipment poses a danger to those who use it. To avoid potential mishaps, we have provided some tips on how to safely handle power equipment.
Wear Personal Protective Equipment
First and foremost, it is incredibly necessary to wear all required personal protective equipment. Wearing safety goggles is of the utmost importance to protect your eyes from any debris that may occur from your project. Additionally, if the power equipment being used is loud, wear ear plugs to protect your ears from being damaged. Wear gloves on your hands and a safety helmet on your head, and be sure that your clothing fits properly.
Be Knowledgeable About Your Power Equipment
While you might think that using power equipment is intuitive, we recommend not handling any equipment that you are unfamiliar with. Read the instruction manuals that come with the power equipment, or consult with a trusted mentor to teach you the ropes. Being knowledgeable about each power equipment’s safety information can be the determining factor on whether you hurt yourself or not from misuse. To minimize the risk of injuring yourself, it’s vital to thoroughly know the ins and outs of your power equipment.
Inspect Your Equipment
Before beginning your project, inspect your power equipment for any damages. Check for any exposed wires, cracks and any other breakages. Never, under any circumstances, use damaged power equipment as this presents a safety risk. Always ensure everything is in working order before working on a project.
Handle Power Equipment With Care
As the name suggests, power equipment is incredibly powerful. Unlike manual hand tools, power equipment feeds off of electricity, allowing you to complete your projects at a much faster rate. Because of this, they pose a greater threat as they are capable of more damage. When using power equipment, handle everything with care and do not be forceful. Be mindful of where you are placing your fingers and never carry the equipment by the cord.
Properly Disconnect After Use
When you are finished with your project for the day, be sure to unplug all the power equipment used. If you need to change a blade out on your power equipment, unplug them. Unplugging your tools prevents accidents, especially if small children are around the worksite.
You’re more likely to make a mistake and hurt yourself if you are nervous while working with power equipment. The key to completing a successful project while staying safe is to remain calm at all stages, even if things are not going how you envisioned. Never operate power equipment while under the influence or if you feel unwell. Confidence and ease of mind are key.
We hope these safety tips have provided you with the helpful tips you need to safely and confidently begin your next project using power equipment. Always be sure to wear the required protective equipment, handle tools with care and be knowledgeable about the power tools you are using.
If you require power equipment for your next project, look no further than American Power Equipment. All of our equipment is designed with you in mind, and we have the tools to help make your next project a reality. Please don’t hesitate to contact us by giving us a call at (251) 325-3019.
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