Power tools are not called power tools for no reason. They are mighty and require proper handling.
You must follow the appropriate safety precautions when using such tools. A drill may seem like a small, easy-to-handle tool but do not be swayed by its appearance.
Read the manual before you start using the drill. It will help you get better output from the machine. Also, it will give you tips on how to handle the cordless drill.
Seven safety tips for using cordless drills
1. Use a suitable drill
Before using the drill, make sure that the drill is suitable for the job. If you own a drill with high voltage, then using it for screwing would be inappropriate; in the same way, it would be wrong to use a low voltage drill to drill holes in concrete walls.
2. Safety first, always
Wear safety goggles. Small fragments fly all over when drilling. To avoid getting any bits in your eyes, you should wear safety goggles. Safety gloves will help keep your hands safe, as the handle can get hot at times when you are drilling. Keep kids and other people away from your work area.
3. Make sure the chuck is placed properly
If your drill has a chuck key, be careful and remember to take it off when not in use. Weird injuries can follow flying chuck keys. Also, make sure that the chuck is in place before using the drill. It would help if you used the correct drill bit. Be careful when changing the drill bit. Make sure the drill is turned off before you do any such thing.
4. Use the drill in a safe environment
Do not use the drill in a wet or gaseous explosive environment. Sparks from the drill can be deadly in such places. Also, be on the lookout for ‘live’ wires when drilling on the floor or walls.
5. Wear proper clothing
Try to avoid wearing a dress that is loose when handling the drill. The drill can easily get caught in the clothes and cause severe injury. Avoid placing your hand on the trigger when not in use.
6. Keep both hands free
Secure your workpiece before you start drilling. It would help if you had both your hands free for the drill before you started using it. When drilling for long periods, the drill bit can bind or get clogged. Clean your drill bit before using it again. If your drill has the reverse torque option, cleaning becomes more accessible.
7. Charge the battery properly
When charging your cordless drill’s battery, make sure that you are using the charger that came with the battery. Using any other charger can damage the battery or the charger. Also, check your drill and charger regularly for defects. Get the repairs done before using the drill next time. This will ensure that your drill lasts for a long time.