Electric tools

Before you work with electric tools, read the manufacturer’s operating instructions carefully. These will give the limitations and safety features of a particular power tool. Use the tool for its intended purpose only, never for anything else.

  • Turn the tool off before unplugging or plugging in to avoid accidental start-ups.
  • If a power tool is fitted with a grounded cord cap, it should be plugged into a grounded outlet to ensure the tool is properly grounded.
  • Keep the work area dry. Dampness and electricity could combine to deliver a lethal electrical shock.
  • Avoid running cords under rugs, which can damage the cord and cause a fire.
  • Turn the power tool off when unattended.
  • If a power tool or other electrical appliance falls into water, always unplug it before you take it out of the water.
  • Don’t twist power tool cords, and keep them away from sharp edges. Keep connections between outdoor extension cords and the cords of electric equipment above wet ground.
  • Use a double-insulated power tool or a ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) to reduce the risk of shock when you use power tools. A GFCI is a type of circuit breaker that is designed to prevent serious shock.
  • Check cords for damage such as fraying or nicks. If a power tool needs servicing, take it for professional servicing. Unless you are qualified, never attempt repairs yourself.