Safety First Fighting Fire and First Aid
In a home workshop, a fire extinguisher is an essential item.
Get one rated ABC, indicating that it can handle most common types of fires;
wood, paper, flammable liquids and electrical.
Locate the fire extinguisher in a visible place that is easily accessible.
Away from any volatile substance, preferably near an exit.
Check often to make sure it is fully charged.
Install a smoke alarm as well.
Keep all flammable paints and slovents in a sealed containers
and in a locked metal cabinet. Don't store them near any flame source
or living area, basement or confined space with little or no airflow.
Get a few metal self sealing metal trash cans, sawdust, wood chips in
one. In another for oily or solvent soiled rags. Empty these cans often.
Always dispose of hazardous waste properly.
An inexpensive and essential safety item in any workshop is a well stocked
first aid kit. Buy one at any drugstore, and mount it on the wall in an easy to
see reachable area.
A standard kit should include, antiseptic, bandages, gauze, elastic and adhesive
type tapes, cotton swabs, eye drops, tweezers, and scissors. Latex gloves
and an instant cold pack are also useful. Make sure the first aid kit closes tightly
to keep out dirt and dust.
When working with paint, solvents, strippers, or any chemical with an eye warning
hazard, keep a bottle of eye solution handy. If any chemical gets into your eyes,
use the solution immediately. If a chemical irratates your skin, water it off with
Remember...a first aid kit is for minor injuries only. Get prompt medical
attention for a serious injury such as a deep cut, puncture or a head wound.
See a doctor if eye or skin irritation persists after washing.