- Anytime you work with tools safety
must be your primary concern. A few general rules to keep
in mind are:
glasses or goggles should be worn when using all power tools; when
chiseling, sanding, scraping or hammering overhead, especially
if you wear contact lenses.
ear protectors when using power tools since some operate at noise
levels that damage hearing.
careful of loose hair and clothing, so they don't get caught in
proper respirator or dust mask should be worn when sanding or sawing
or using substances with toxic fumes.
blades sharp. A dull blade requires excessive force, can slip,
and cause accidents.
use the appropriate tool for the job, don’t shortcut
or discard tools with cracks in the wooden handles, or chips in
the metal parts, that could fail and cause injury.
drill, shape, or saw anything that isn't firmly and properly secured.
care in storing oily rags, which may have combustible materials.
abuse your tools. Use every tool for its specific use.
a first aid kit on hand
the owner's manual for all tools and know the proper use of each
(especially with power tools)
all tools out of reach of small children.
all power tools when changing settings or parts.
LADDERS – SAFETY FIRST!
When shopping for a ladder
-- as when buying any tool -- you want to look for the proper ladder
for the intended use, and you want to buy the best quality ladder you
can afford. High-quality ladders are sturdier, safer, easier to use,
and with proper care should last a lifetime.
According to the American
Ladder Institute, approximately 171,000 ladder accidents occur in the
United States each year. Don't be a statistic. Follow these safety
tips from experts in the ladder and ladder accessory industries:
Be aware of a ladder's duty
rating, i.e., household, commercial, etc. Understand that ladders are
rated to support a specified pound limit (weight of the person on the
ladder, weight of clothing as well as tools and items that the person
The distance from the base
of the wall to the base of the ladder should be ¼ the height
of the ladder.
Use a ladder made of the
proper materials for a specific job. For example, use a wood or fiberglass
ladder, not aluminum, for electrical work.
Choose the appropriate ladder
for a given project. Typically, step or A-frame ladders are preferred
for interior jobs, extension ladders for outdoor jobs that require
a longer reach.
If using an older ladder
thoroughly check for loose rivets, hinges or holding brackets, which
have a tendency to wear out after extended use.
Tools and other materials
should not be placed on the ladder—a heavy tool falling off a
ladder could cause harm to persons or objects below.
Make sure a ladder’s
foot pads are secure and set on a level surface; do not use rocks,
bricks or other materials to "prop up" or level one side.
Shim if necessary.
DO NOT OVERSTRETCH OR OVEREXTEND
your reach; this could cause a ladder to become unbalanced and result
in a fall. If you can’t reach, move the ladder.
Keep your hips within the
Carry ladders properly. Close
them completely before transporting.
Dress appropriately for the
weather and the project.
Properly angle an extension
ladder to the surface
Get one of those tool-and-paint
holder attachments that fit on the ladder or get a ladder that has
it built right on it.
Keep ladders away from electrical
lines and pay attention to overhead lines or possible obstructions
when moving an extended ladder into position.
Never, never, never try the
hop-the-ladder trick. This is one area where short cuts just don’t