Having your own workshop at home can be a fantastic experience, but it will only remain an awesome thing if you are able to keep yourself safe in there. Once you have invested in all of those great hand tools and air tools, turn your attention towards safety, and ensure your workshop will be a place where you can have fun and create, and do so safely. Some of the best safety accessories are simple and inexpensive, and the following is a look at a few that every home workshop really needs to have.
Every home workshop needs a smoke alarm, because it can be easy to become engrossed in a project and not notice that a spark has started a fire. Your workshop smoke alarm should make a particularly loud noise and, if possible, have a visual signal, such as a flashing light, as well, because it will probably take a little more to get your attention out there.
Cordless tools have changed the way people build things, making it easy regardless of whether or not you have access to electrical power. As well as making it simpler and easier to get your projects done, cordless tools also enable you do get your job done in a far safer manner. The following are just some of the ways cordless tools are safer than corded ones.
Running extension cords is a fantastic way to extend the area in which you can have access to electrical power; after all, having cords running all over the place can create a significant tripping hazard. All it takes is one cord to cause an accident, so you’re best off making as many of your tools as possible cordless.
Power tools have made life so much easier when it comes to getting things done around the house or in the trades, but with this power and convenience comes a far greater risk of injury. Most power-tool-related injuries occur when people fail to take basic precautions, so make sure you always put safety first. The following is a great safety checklist for using your power tools.
Know your tools
Each time you get a new tool, read the owner’s manual from cover to cover so you know all there is to know about it. It doesn’t take that long to read the manual, and you’re bound to learn something new, even if you’ve used a similar tool a thousand times before. If you plan on using your power tools extensively, it may even be worth doing a short course on using a particular power tool so that you can make the most of the every single feature and benefit.
There is nothing better than having a shed full of tools and equipment to be able to take on any task at the drop of a hat. However your shed can be either an organized sanctuary with the answer to everything, or a chaotic death trap, so make sure that you are making the best use of your resources and have a shed that is safe, as well as awesome.
Keep Everything Off The Floor
The less you have on the floor the less chance you will have of tripping on anything, so find a way to keep everything off the ground. You will also survive a flood far better by making use of your higher up spaces, so make sure you are making full use of your walls and ceiling, and have your shed floor as clear of obstruction as you can. With the right storage system you can fit a huge amount of stuff on the walls and ceiling of a shed, so make sure you are making the most of every inch of your shed for storage.
Portable generators are a fantastic tool for getting you out of a jam when your main power supply goes down, but make sure you are using your generator properly — otherwise, you could kill someone. The following is a brief list of some of the safety considerations to keep in mind when you are using your portable generator.
- Always read and follow the instruction manual for the generator.
- Never use a portable generator inside, as you will be spreading carbon monoxide and could very easily kill someone.
- Use away from windows, doors, or vents, to prevent carbon monoxide from entering a building. If you regularly use a portable generator on your property, have carbon monoxide detectors installed in your house as a safety precaution.
- Keep the generator and the area in which you are using it dry, and ensure that your hands are also completely dry before touching the generator. Using gloves is a good idea to avoid burning yourself on any of the hotter parts of the generator.