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When we say CORDLESS it doesn’t mean SAFETY is not observed!!!!

When most people think about power-tool safety, they envision the dangers involved in working with saws and blades and often forget that even smaller tools must be handled with a certain amount of caution.Weekend warriors and even professional handymen are apt to pick up a cordless drill without giving thought to safety precautions, and this carelessness may cause accidents and injuries. Cordless tools get their electrical power from batteries. They demand the same respect that corded tools demand. Remember, cordless tools are very capable of causing injury if all safety precautions are not followed. Cordless tools come in many types; read and understand the section of this booklet for the type of cordless tool you are using, as well as the operator’s manual provided with the tool.

And in every tool purchased or rented in the front of the book that comes with it regardless if you threw it away then say: “IMPORTANT INFORMATION Read and understand all of the operating instructions, safety precautions and warnings in the Instruction Manual before operating or maintaining this power tool. Most accidents that result from power tool operation and maintenance are caused by the failure to observe basic safety rules or precautions. An accident can often be avoided by recognizing a potentially hazardous situation before it occurs, and by observing appropriate safety procedures. Basic safety precautions are outlined in the “SAFETY” section of this Instruction Manual and in the sections which contain the operation and maintenance instructions. Hazards that must be avoided to prevent bodily injury or machine damage are identified by WARNINGS on the power tool and in this Instruction Manual. Never use this power tool in a manner that has not been specifically recommended by tool maker or manufacturer, unless you first confirm that the planned use will be safe for you and others. The warranty of this power tool is separately packed. Before using this power tool, make sure to thoroughly read and understand the content of the warranty.:

MEANINGS OF SIGNAL WORDS

WARNING indicates a potentially hazardous situations which, if ignored, could result in serious personal injury. CAUTION indicates a hazardous situations which, if ignored, could result in moderate personal injury, or could cause machine damage. NOTE emphasizes essential information. And If the input rating of a battery charger is given in watts rather than in amperes, the corresponding ampere rating is to be determined by dividing the wattage rating by the voltage rating-for example: 1250watts 125 volts = 10 amperes

Regardless the manufactures cordless tool makes still talk miles and miles of pages on safety when using them like:

Keep your work area clean and well lit. Cluttered benches and dark areas invite accidents. Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres, near flammable liquids, gases, or dust.

Power tools create sparks, which may ignite the dust or fumes.

  • Keep bystanders, , and visitors away when using a power tool. Distractions can cause you to lose control. Electricity can be Dangerous Grounded tools (three pronged cords) must be plugged into a properly grounded installed outlet. Never remove or cut off the grounding prong or modify the plug in any way. Do not use any adapter plugs. Double Insulated tools have a polarized plug (one blade is wider than the other.) This plug will fit into an outlet only one way. Do not change the plug in any way. Do not use AC only rated tools with a DC power supply. Store battery packs away from other metal objects like paper clips, coins, keys, nails, screws, or other small metal objects. These things can make a connection from one terminal to the other, shorting the battery terminals together and causing burns or fire.
  • When using a power tool, don’t touch grounded surfaces such as pipes, radiators, ranges and refrigerators. There is a higher risk of electric shock if your body is grounded. In damp locations, only plug your tool into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). If the work area does not have a permanent GFCI on the outlet, use a plug-in GFCI. Wear rubber gloves and footwear. Don’t use or leave power tools in the rain or wet conditions. Do not abuse the cord, carry the tool by its cord, or pull the cord to unplug it. Keep the cord away from heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts. Replace damaged cords immediately. Always hold the tool by the insulated gripping surfaces. Contact with hidden wiring or its own cord will make exposed metal parts of the tool “live” and shock the operator. General Safety All power tools can be dangerous if both general and tool specific safety instructions are not followed carefully. General safety instructions apply to all power tools, both corded and cordless.

Rules about Extension Cords

• When using a power tool outside, use an extension cord marked for outdoor use with “W-A” or “W”. These cords are made for outdoor use.

  • Extension cords with 3-prong grounding plugs must be plugged into 3-prong outlets when using grounded tools.
  • Replace damaged or worn cords immediately. The wire gauge and length of the extension cord must be able to handle the amps of the tool. Find the Amps Good Personal Safety is a Must Following good safety (A) on the tool’s nameplate and use the chart to determine the necessary wire gauge for your extension cord length. practices when using all power tools is a must. Make a habit of including safety in all of your activities. Always read and understand the tool’s operator’s manual, tool markings and the instructions packaged with the accessory before starting any work.
  • Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use common sense when using a power tool. Do not use tools when you are tired or under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication.
  • Dress right. Do not wear gloves, loose clothes or jewelry. Contain long hair. Loose clothes, gloves, jewelry, or long hair can be caught in moving parts.
  • Keep handles dry, clean and free from oil and grease.
  • Be sure the power tool’s switch is OFF before plugging it in or inserting a battery pack. Do not carry tools with your finger on the switch. Remove adjusting keys and wrenches before turning the tool ON.

Do the Job Safely

  • Use the power tool accessories only for the jobs for which they were designed. Secure and support the workpiece. Use clamps and a stable work surface. Do not hold the work by hand or against your body.
  • Keep guards in place and working properly.
  • Do not force the tool. Use the right tool for your job. It will do the job better and safer.
  • Use only accessories recommended by the tool manufacturer. Accessories that may be suitable for one tool may become hazardous when used on another tool. Do not touch the drill bit, blade, cutter or the workpiece immediately after operation; they may be very hot and may burn you.
  • If a method of dust collection is available with the power tool, it should be used to reduce the risk of dust-related hazards.

Maintenance Keeps Tools Working Safely and Effectively

  • Do not use a tool if the switch does not turn it on and off. It must be repaired. Look at the tool before using it. Are moving parts misaligned or binding? Is anything broken? Damaged tools must be fixed before using them. Develop a maintenance schedule for your tool.
  • Maintain accessories carefully. Keep blades and bits sharp and clean.
  • Take your tool to be serviced by qualified repair people. Service or maintenance performed by unqualified personnel could result in a risk of injury. For example: internal wires may be misplaced or pinched, safety guard return springs may be improperly mounted.
  • When servicing a tool, use only identical replacement parts. Follow instructions regarding maintenance in the tool’s operator’s manual. Use of unauthorized parts or failure to follow the maintenance instructions may create a risk of electric shock or injury.
  • Clean and lubricate a tool only as directed in its operator’s manuals. Certain cleaning agents such as gasoline, carbon tetrachloride, ammonia, etc. may damage plastic parts.
  • Maintain labels and nameplates. These carry important information. If unreadable or missing, contact the manufacturer for a replacement. When Done, Store the Tools out of Harm’s Way To avoid accidental starting, unplug the cord, remove batteries or lock off the switch when the tool is not being used, when changing accessories, and when adjusting or cleaning tools.

Charge Battery Packs Safely

  • Charge battery packs only with their recommended chargers. Charge in a dry location.
  • Do not charge near combustible materials.
  • Do not use a charger or battery pack if it has been hit, dropped or damaged.
  • Do not take apart the charger or battery pack. Take it to an authorized service center for all repairs.
  • Keep tools, battery packs and chargers out of the reach of children and people unfamiliar with the tools.

Maintain and Store Battery Packs Safely Clean the contacts on the battery pack and tool with a pencil eraser if the tool isn’t working at full power with a fully charged battery pack.

  • Take the tool, charger, and battery to an authorized service center for all repairs. Do not attempt to repair them yourself. Store battery packs away from other metal objects like paper clips, coins, keys, nails, screws, or other small metal objects. These things can make a connection from one terminal to the other, shorting the battery terminals together and causing burns or fire. Store the battery pack away from extreme temperature conditions. Disposing of Battery Packs Properly dispose of battery packs to help protect our environment. Battery pack chemistries can be dangerous to the environment under certain conditions. Recycle or dispose of properly. Refer to the instructions included with your battery pack for proper disposal/recycling of the battery packs. Local, state, or federal laws may prohibit disposal of certain batteries in ordinary trash. Place electrical tape over the battery pack’s terminals before disposing/recycling.

Terry Penney

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