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Make your home workshop safe

Workshop Safety: workbench with power tools and hand tools For many do-it-yourselfers, the workshop is a second home. Make sure it's a safe place to work productively. With so many power tools in one place, take steps to prevent electrical shocks and other hazards.

  • Choose electrical outlets equipped with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). Use portable GFCIs if outlets don't have them.
  • Make sure metal workbenches are grounded. Have a professional do that work.
  • Check for damaged cords and plugs and for signs of wear before using equipment.
  • Replace old, worn power tools and cords.
  • Use heavy-duty extension cords rated for the tools you plan to use.
  • Make sure the area is clean and dry before undertaking any project.
  • Store flammable liquids and materials away from the workbench and away from where spark-producing tools like grinders and cutters are used.
  • Secure equipment and tools when not in use to prevent them from falling, being damaged, or causing injuries.
  • Keep children and pets out of the workshop when power tools are used.

Always stay focused when working with power tools. If you are tired or distracted, wait until another time so you can give the project your full concentration and work safely.

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Article and image courtesy of with modifications by Valley Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.

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