Most dads love power tools, and they’re easy to find and order online.
Help the father in your household celebrate Father’s Day with the gift of a new tool—and some advice for using it safely.
Here are a few common-sense precautions to take when using electric tools:
- Read the instructions that come with the tool. Even if you have used similar tools in the past, heed safety warnings.
- Equip the garage, basement and outdoor outlets with ground-faculty circuit interrupters before starting work in those areas. GFCIs can prevent a tool-user from getting shocked or even electrocuted, especially in areas that are prone to dampness.
- Inspect tools—even new ones—before and after using them. Wear and tear can damage tools. Damaged tools can catch on fire or malfunction in a way that can harm the user.
- Don’t use power tools near gasoline, paint thinner or any other flammable liquids.
- Clean up work areas so sawdust, shavings and other debris don’t become a fire hazard.