Treat Power Tools with Care (and Respect)

Brian Chestnut is the safety coordinator for Horry Electric Cooperative.

Before you fire up that power tool for your next do-it-yourself home project, remember that electrical devices must be treated with care. Even though many are already equipped with safety mechanisms, it’s still important to heed precautions. Keep in mind these tips from the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) when using power tools:

  • Do not carry tools by their cords.
  • Pull the cord out of the outlet by the plug and not by pulling the cord.
  • Do not use in wet or damp job sites, unless the tool is specifically approved for those conditions.
  • Store tools in a dry place when not being used.
  • While carrying a tool., do not touch the switch or trigger that operates it to avoid accidental starts.
  • Make sure your work area is well-lit.
  • Unplug tools when cleaning or fixing them and while changing other parts of the tools such as blades or bits, and when not in use.
  • Make sure all extension cords are not worn or frayed.
  • Wear proper clothing – no ties, jewelry or other loose items that could get caught.

“Whether you’re on the job or working at home, staying safe around power tools is a must,” says Brian Chestnut, safety coördinator for Horry Electric. “Following a few rules could mean the difference between a successful project and an accident.”

Source: U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration

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