Safety Carpentry Tips

by Ron Safety
(New Jersey)

Safety Carpentry Tips


To promote safety when working with power tools, always take the following precautions:
>Make sure that the tool you are using is double insulated and properly grounded.
>Don't operate a tool if you are tired or under the influence of medication, drugs, or alcohol.
>Mentally run through the procedures for using a tool before switching it on. 'Never ignore, override, or remove safety devices, such as blade guards. splitters, and antikickback mechanisms on saws.
>Don't saw wet wood. and be especially careful when sawing warped or knotty wood.
>Check wood for nails, screws, and loose knots before cutting or drilling. >Support large workpieces during operations. When cutting long stock or large plywood pan-els, get an assistant or use a roller stand to support the stock at the out feed side of a saw.
>Clamp all work securely in place. >Use feather boards, push sticks, or jigs to move stock past a whirling cutter.
>Leave no foreign items on the tool's table. >Remove adjusting keys and wrenches from a tool before turning on the power.
>Before plugging in a tool, make sure the power switch is off, tighten all of its clamps, knobs. nuts, and levers, and make sure its cutters are securely attached. > Never operate a power tool while standing on a wet surface.
>Keep children and pets out of the workshop when operating power tools.
>Keep your fingers, hands, and other parts of your body well out of the path of cutters. >Keep power cords away from cutters.
>Maintain a firm footing; never reach so far with a portable tool that you become unbalanced. Don't reach over the cutter of any tool. >Stand to one side of a saw in case the blade binds and causes the tool to kick back. >When you finish making a cut, turn off the tool and let the cutters come to a full stop naturally if the machine has no brake; never slow down or stop a cutter with a piece of wood.
>Never touch a moving cutter.
> If a cutter stalls, switch off the power and unplug the tool before trying to free the cutter. 0' If you are interrupted while using a power tool, finish the operation you are working on and switch the tool off before responding. >Never clear scraps from a saw table with your fingers; use a long stick.
>Turn off and unplug tools when not in use or when making adjustments, performing maintenance, or changing cutters or accessories.
>Sharpen or replace any dull or damaged cutters as soon as possible.
>Never use the power cord to carry a tool or to pull out its plug.
>Don't be overconfident, or you will become careless and have an accident. Thanks for reading this page on Safety Carpentry Tips

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