Safety Tips That You Should Always Follow While Working With Oscillating Tool
An oscillating tool is nothing but a special type of power tool and definitely a great investment of your money. Just like other power tools, the oscillating tool also comes with some safety precautions. Actually, it is worthless talking about the necessity of following proper safety instructions, as accident comes without notice. In the next few steps, I will share the safety precautions you should always follow while working with the oscillating tool. Actually not in a brief, I will try to go through the whole nine yards. If you don’t have bigger fish to fry, just have a cup of coffee meanwhile, so that we can cover the entire context with ease.
Do as directed by the user manual:
The user manual includes the A-Z of using the power tools. In the case of an oscillating tool, this guides you through the entire process of getting your oscillating tool ready for the go, this also instructs you how to plug in & change the blades when required. Try to follow the exact ways as directed, otherwise, anything unpleasant may occur. So, look before you leap.
Wear Protective Gears:
Often lots of guys continue working with power tools without putting on the protective gears. This is too much important and should never be neglected. Is there anything as important as our vision, hearing and respiratory are? But we always neglect to wear glasses, earmuffs, dust masks, and gloves. So, be careful before it’s too late.
Keep your oscillating tool away from water:
Water is not a friendly option to stay in touch with your oscillating tool. Electricity flows easily throughout the water. So be careful about water when your oscillating tool is plugged in.
Keep kids away:
Not only the oscillating tool, keep your kids away from any type of power tools. A careful father will never allow his kids in the working area. It is a matter of common sense, think twice before you ask me why.
Ensure the power switch is off:
When you plug in the oscillating tool, make sure you have switched it off. Though these types of power tools come with enough safety options but paying a bit of attention will eliminate any type of farther risk.
Never pull the cord directly:
From my previous experience, I have seen lots of guys unplug the oscillating tool by pulling its cord. In most of the cases, when you continue doing this, again and again, the end of the plug got loosen and causes leaks offering you a sweet electric shock when you go to plug it in next time.
Be careful while changing blades:
Often you need to change the blade of the oscillating tool, more preciously when you switch to a different type of job. While changing the blades, don’t forget to unplug this power tool. Pay much more attention at this to avoid electric shock.
Repair Before Use Again:
Actually, it is very common that you oscillating tool will get damaged after a span of time. It may be a major or minor damage. No matter, what type of damage it is, you should always use your tool only after repairing, never before of that.
Be aware of your clothes:
If you have started working with loosened clothes, just a reminder for you that there are clouds on the horizon. Being aware of loosened clothes is similarly important as the other safety protocols that you will have take into account.
Stay away from taking drug, alcohol before working. Even if you are tired, continuing your work with any power tool is never a wise option at all. Always deal with power tools when you are totally fit and fresh on your go.
Don’t work with worn out blades:
Working with worn out blades calls for extra pressure to get accomplished your task. Extra pressure causes serious damage to your power tool. At the same time, you need to spend a lot more time compared to before. The blade always makes the difference. Check your tool’s blade; ask yourself if it is high time to change your blade. Do you know why am I asking? Simply because the wise person always gets ready before the ship sails.
Remove adjustment keys:
Often we use various types of adjustment keys, to adjust the blades of the oscillating tool. Before we turn on the tool, we should carefully remove any wrench equipment from the power tool. This reduces the risk of any unwanted accident.
Avoid putting extra pressure:
Sometimes we put extra pressure to complete our task quickly. As the power tools are not engineered to tolerate your extra pressure, this will definitely harm your power tool’s longevity costing an arm and a leg to repair. So think twice before you get yourself in the action.
Don’t work in touch with flammable substances:
Working in touch with flammable liquids or gases is very dangerous and never ever recommended. Actually, no other substance is as dangerous as the fire is. Paying a bit of attention can save you from serious accidents costing your life.
Store your oscillating tool in a cool & dry place:
Store your power tool in a cool and dry environment away from the direct touch of water and moister. Store oscillating tool along with the other power tools in a wooden toolbox. Keep some silica gel packs in the box if possible; this will help to absorb moister from the storing place.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Safety is the first and foremost of all. “A stitch in time saves nine”- Just a reminder for you. Happy DIYing 🙂