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A Very Safe Reminder

By Matthew Pioro August 28th, 2009

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I don’t mean to be a downer, but September is just a few days away, which means the end of the outdoor DIY season is not too far behind. Some of us are feeling the pressure to get those outdoor projects done. Maybe there were delays or something took longer than expected. Whatever the reason, you’re feeling pressed for time. And this is when accidents happen.

Here’s  a timely reminder from the Canadian Standards Association regarding the safe use of power tools. Their list includes 16 tips:





  • Use the right tool for the job
  • Ensure than your tools are certified by CSA or another agency
  • Ensure your tools are in good working order
  • Read the instruction manual and ensure you know how to properly use your tools
  • Be aware of flying debris
  • If in doubt, check it out
  • Be aware of hazards and other people in your working environment
  • When a tool begins to show signs of wear, repair or replace
  • Never carry a tool by the cord or hose
  • Never yank the cord or the hose to disconnect it from the receptacle
  • Keep cords and hoses away from heat, oil and sharp edges
  • Disconnect tools when not in use, before servicing, and when changing accessories such as blades, bits and cutters to prevent accidental start up
  • Secure work with clamps or a vise, freeing both hands to operate the tool
  • Avoid accidental starting: do not hold a finger on the switch button while carrying a plugged-in tool
  • Be sure to keep good footing and maintain good balance
  • The proper apparel should be worn (loose clothing, ties or jewelry can become caught in moving parts)

Credit: Flickr/robertpogorzelski


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