Drill safety 101

Power drills are incredibly useful tools that help you get a ton of work done. However, these tools can also be dangerous, so it is important to know what you are doing and how to keep yourself safe. Here we will talk a bit about drill safety.

Safety tips

Check out the cord

The drill’s cord should be in good condition, without any wires poking out of it.  Also, when you are using the drill be sure that the cord is not in a place where it will trip you.  Always unplug the device when you leave it idle for a significant amount of time and when you finish working.

Wear safety glasses and gloves

Power drills often tend to cause pieces of the material that you are drilling to fly out and sometimes toward you. Wearing safety glasses will protect your eyes from this risk.  For this same reason, it is a good idea to wear gloves to protect your hands from debris.  It is also a good idea to wear gloves if you are going to be using the drill for a long amount of time.  Make sure that you are not wearing very loose-fitting clothing, because this can also cause a safety hazard.

Make sure the bit is in place

The drill bit should be secured tightly within the jaws of the drill.  Hold the bit up vertically and test the drill.  The bit should not wobble back and forth – if it does, this means that it is in crooked or the jaws are not tight enough.

Look out for any source of water

When working with a corded drill, or any tool that uses electricity, any source of water can be a hazard.  Never use power tools outside if it looks like it might rain.  Also, be careful of indoor sources of water, and make sure you don’t get too sweaty using your drill – even that can be a risk.

Don’t go too far

If you feel tired, it is time to stop working and take a break.  Although this may seem obvious, it is a very important thing to remember.  Many accidents happen in the workplace because of fatigued workers.  If you take a break and get rested up, you are much less likely to have an accident.