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Stay Safe Using Hand Tools

How to stay safe when using hand tools

If you're going to use hand tools for a DIY project, it's vital to ensure you stay safe. Even the most basic tools can be dangerous if used incorrectly. Here, we're going to take a look at the things you need to do to avoid any accidents.

Maintain your tools

Once you've invested in a new set of tools, you need to keep them in as good a condition as possible. If tools fall into disrepair, they're more likely to cause problems. For instance, blunt blades slip more often than those that have been newly sharpened. Also, ensure you keep your tools rust-free.

Keep the right form

First things first, you have to actually use the tools in a way that's not dangerous. Now, it might be that you're an experienced DIY fan or a professional, in which case you'll already know this. If you're just getting started, however, then you should take the time to read the manual for your tools: it should contain a guide on the safe way to use it. Follow these instructions.

Wear protective gear

We know, we know: it's just a five-minute job. But trust us; it's simply not worth the risk of an injury. All you need is one slip and you could suffer serious consequences. One spit of solder is enough to blind you if you're not wearing glasses. One slip of a saw is enough to nick a vein if you're not wearing cut-resistant gloves. You don't have to pay a lot for protective gear, and it could save your life.

Keep your hands dry

An under-estimated rule, this. It's important to ensure you don't let your hands get sweaty or oily when using hand tools, simply because if they're lubricated, the tools are more likely to slip. There are a number of options to combat this: working gloves will help you keep a grip on your tools, or you could keep a towel nearby. Either way, as soon as you feel any liquid build-up in your hands, dry them off. Again, the consequences for not doing so can be severe.

Find out more

If you're looking for your first set of hand tools and you'd like advice on picking and using the right ones, we can help. Give us a call today.

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