Safety & Security

Stay safe when using power tools

Be aware of hazards while completing your projects

Now is a great time to get started on those projects you’ve been meaning to do around and outside the house. Keep in mind, power tools run on strong electric current and can be dangerous if not used properly. Follow these tips to avoid safety hazards while you improve your home.

  1. Inspect your cords. Before every use, inspect your cords for damage. Replace the tool or cord if there are any signs of wear.
  2. Keep your cords high and dry. If there is water or moisture in the area, make sure your cords do not get wet. Pay attention to the floors in your work area, and make sure they are dry and free of puddles and standing water. Remember, water and electricity don’t mix! Cords can also be a tripping hazard, so place them in a safe spot.
  3. Test your GFCI outlets. All outdoor and garage outlets should be equipped with Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets. Test them regularly.
  4. Unplug or remove batteries when not in use. Tools that are disconnected from their power source cannot cause electric shock or be started accidentally.
  5. Wear gloves and appropriate footwear. Proper safety gear can provide some protection from electric shock and other hazards.

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