So you’ve finally decided to tackle that project that has been on your list forever. That’s great! But help put your worries about using hand and power tools for the first time to rest with these simple safety tips:

Here are 5 general safety tips to avoid the hazards that come with using any tool:

Make sure that you’re using the right tool for the job.

Inspect each tool for damage before and after use.

Ensure that all tools are in good condition by keeping them maintained.

Read the manufacturer’s instructions and actually follow them.

Use the proper protective equipment.

When using power tools the following precautions should be observed:

Carry a tool properly and not by the cord or hose.

Don’t yank the cord or hose when disconnecting it from a power socket.

Ensure that all cords and hoses are not near heat, oil, or sharp edges.

Observers should be at a safe distance.

Keep good footing and balance.

Unplug tools when not in use, before servicing or when charging.

Don’t wear loose clothing, jewellery or items that can be caught on moving parts.

Here are some safety tips when using hand tools:

Knives, saw blades, or other tools should always be directed away from yourself and other people working in close proximity.

Knives and scissors must be kept sharp as dull tools can be more hazardous.

Safety requires that floors be kept as clean and dry as possible to prevent accidental slips with or around dangerous hand tools.

Sparks produced by iron and steel hand tools can be an ignition source so purchase spark-resistant tools made from brass, plastic, or wood when possible.

Looking for more safety tips or need to buy the tools for the job? Then take a look at some of the tools we supply on Build4Less.ie. Make sure you contact us for any help, we’ll be happy to answer all of your questions and have you ready to start in no time.