Chances are, you use power tools for projects at work and home. Working with power tools requires skilled instruction and training and can be deadly if not properly used or maintained.

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides these power tool safety tips:

  1. Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) with every power tool to protect against electric shocks.
  2. Do not use power tools with an extension cord that exceeds 100 feet in length.
  3. Never use power tools near live electrical wires or water pipes.
  4. Use extreme caution when cutting or drilling into walls where electrical wires or water pipes could be accidentally touched or penetrated.
  5. If a power tool trips a safety device while in use, take the tool to a manufacturer-authorized repair center for service.
  6. When working with electricity, use tools with insulated grips.
  7. Appropriate protective gear should be worn when using power tools like safety goggles, dust masks and gloves as recommended for each tool.  
  8. Do not use power tools without the proper guards.
  9. When using a wet-dry vacuum cleaner or a pressure washer, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid electric shock.
  10. Safeguards on outdoor electric tools are there for a reason. Make sure that they are always in place before operating.

For more electrical safety tips, visit sdge.com/safety.

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