HOW TO USE A POWER DRILL SAFELY - Power drills when not used correctly can cause a nasty accident, you would be surprised how many people have to take a trip to A&E (ER) due to mishaps with power tools each and every year simply because they didn’t follow a few basic safety steps. In this guide below provides safety advice on how to use a power drill.
The first thing you should always do is to follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and safety recommendations. ALWAYS Wear the appropriate safety wear, especially eye protection.
Wear short sleeve shirts so there is no possibility of your shirt getting caught up.
Drilling creates a lot of dust so the use of a dust mask is a very good idea.
Keep your drill bits and accessories in good working order. Check them over now and then and if they are looking particularly rusty the clean them up and inspect them for any real damage. If they have corroded badly then throw them away – you don’t want a drill bit snapping halfway through a job.
Whenever you are drilling objects, other than walls and floors, secure these in a vice or clamp.
Use a hole punch to create a small indent to get the drill bit started and prevent it from slipping.
Drilling slippery surfaces, such as ceramic tiles, can be tricky, so mark the spot where you want to drill and crisscross with masking tape.
Start the drill slowly by slightly depressing the trigger and then build up speed once the drill bit has taken hold.
When drilling concrete or wood removed the drill bit out to allow dust to escape.
Attach a hand grip to your drill so you can hold it in both hands comfortably.
Never force the drill into the hole you are making… Apply gentle pressure and allow the drill and bit to do the work.
If you are using a drill with cable, ensure the cable is in good condition along with the plug. Plug the drill into a circuit breaker for added safety.
Acknowledgements: Video – Homeserve.com