Dos and Don ts - Power tools

Dos and Don ts - Power tools:

  • Use the right tool for the job.
  • Inspect tools before each use.
  • Make sure there are guards around points of operation and on/off switches.
  • Be sure that tools are switched off before you plug them in.
  • Turn off and unplug tools before cleaning or changing parts.
  • Use three-prong grounding extension cords with equipment requiring three-prong plugs. Don’t use three-prong cords with two-prong adapters!.

  • Put a power tool down until it has completely stopped running.
  • Use cords to raise or lower equipment.
  • Fasten cords with staples, nails, or other fasteners that could damage cord insulation.
  • Plug or unplug equipment with wet or sweaty hands.
  • Use any tool that has a damaged casing, cord, or plug.
  • Continue to operate a power tool that sparks, smokes, gives a shock, or smells like it’s burning.
  • Get clothes or body parts near the point of operation.
  • Use electric power tools in wet areas unless the tools have been specially approved for.