DIY can be dangerous, so we’re sharing our top tips for using your Powertools safely. Various reports show thousands of injuries are sustained in the UK, from drills and other tools, every year. What’s more, as the cost of living increases, more and more people are taking up home repairs and renovations themselves, rather than using contractors. If you’re planning your next project, then you should read this first!
Tip 1. Wear Appropriate PPE For DIY
Most commonly, injuries sustained through powertool use occurs to the hands, face and eyes. Feet can also be vulnerable with certain heavy duty equipment. As such, it is paramount that users wear the appropriate clothing and personal protection equipment for the task at hand. At a bare minimum, every DIY’er should own:
- Thick work gloves
- Goggles/eye protection
- Steel toe cap boots/shoes
- Dust masks
Operators should also ensure:
- Long hair is tied up
- Jewelry is removed
- No loose clothing is worn
- Others nearby are safe
Tip 2. Check The Condition Of Your Powertools
You should check the condition of your powertools, before EVERY use. Things can change in an instant, so it is important to make sure the equipment is safe to use each time. Be sure to:
- Check the state of plugs and wires for electric Powertools.
- Ensure equipment is maintained, such as saws and grinders.
- Visually assess your items for visible damage or faults.
- Store tools safely to prevent damage to them, and injury.
Tip 3. Follow Powertool User Manuals
‘I don’t need to read the instructions’ – famous last words. If you have not used your drill, grinder, saw, driver or any other piece of kit before, acquaint yourself with the instructions. User manuals demonstrate not only how to operate the tool, but how to handle, store and check it. Misuse of this type of machinery can lead to serious injury and operation advise can vary between manufacturers. Instructions may include ensuring circular saws and grinders have guards in place, how to safely replace blades and other parts, and how to assemble/disassemble and store tools correctly.
Tip 4. Use Tools In The Right Environment
Hand, battery and mains powered tools should be used on the right setting. Be mindful of obstructions, avoid confined spaces, make sure your area is clear and dry (especially when operating electrical machinery), and ensure good ventilation if you will be creating dust.
Tip 5. Be Sure To Purchase Good Quality Powertools
Buy well, buy once is the mantra. This is especially true of Powertools, where quality really does count. Flimsy equipment is not only likely to break quicker and cost you more in replacements, but the quality of the finish is often lacking too. Some of our favourite tool box essentials include:
- The Dewalt 5inch/125mm angle grinder
- The Dewalt Brushless Combi Drill
- The Dewalt Brushless Impact Driver
Brands such as DeWalt, Makita, HiKoki and Paslode are renowned for their superior performance, durability and reliability. All of these leading brands can be purchased at Powertool Superstore.
Discuss Powertool Safety With Our Team in Plymouth
Whether you’re an experienced tradesperson, or just starting out, it can help to seek expert advice when adding to your tool collection. You can visit us at the Powertool Superstore in Plymouth, where our team will be happy to walk you through our products. We’ll also offer recommendations and discuss how to use your new equipment safely, which is especially useful for beginners. Already know what you need? No problem, shop online to upgrade your kit or give us a call for more details on 01752 751136.