Safety First Avoid Workshop Accidents

To avoid accidents in the workshop when you use power tools,
make safety your main concern.

Read, understand, and follow the directions in the owners manual.
Use a tool only for the jobs they are designed for. Don't force a tool
or cause its motor to overheat.

Analyse your workshop enviroment.
Never operate a tool in a damp, wet, or fume-filled atmosphere.
Keep your workshop well lit, well ventilated, and free from clutter.

Dress safely.
Don't wear jewerly or loose fitting clothes. Keep long hair tied back.
Wear appropriate safety gear.

Evaluate your mood.
If you aren't feeling well, out of sorts, or taking medication that could
effect your alertness or judgment, put off the job.

Think before you act.
Know what will happen with every move you make.
This may slow you down at first, but knowing what is safe and what isn't
will soon become second nature to you.

Concentrate on the job at hand.
Don't talk to anyone while you work, and keep children and pets away.
Always focus on what you are doing at the moment, not on the next step.

Take your time.
Rushing through a job and taking shortcuts are a major cause of
workshop accidents.

Maintain your balance.
Wear nonslip footwear, and make sure your footing is secure. Grip
portable tools firmly. Don't reach too far a tool or work with it held
over your head; stand on a sturdy ladder instead.

Listen to the sound of the motor.
If your tool makes an unfamiliar sound, or vibrates, turn it off and unplug it.

You should always unplug a power tool when not in use. That means
even when cleaning or adjusting it too.
To keep a young child from plugging in a power tool, insert an ordinary
key ring through the hole in the plug prong.