–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – CONTEXTO LATINO)–Summer’s nearly here, and that means the outdoors, baseball, swimming and barbeques. With the onset of summer, many people take advantage of the warmer weather to remodel a kitchen or bathroom and take care of those nagging weekend home improvement projects. And due to rising labor costs and a soft real estate market, more and more homeowners and do-it-yourselfers are making their own repairs to save money. Naturally, many different kinds of hand tools will play an important part of these summer projects. So keep a few common sense practices in mind when picking up that hammer, screwdriver or pair of pliers.
“It’s estimated that emergency treatments of injuries due to the misuse of hand tools number around 150,000 each year – according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission,” said John Foote of the Hand Tools Institute, an association of North American hand tool manufacturers. “Injuries from hammers alone number around 30,000. Many of these injuries are preventable when users apply a little common sense and use hand tools properly and safely.”
When performing unfamiliar electrical, plumbing or carpentry work, the average person might misuse hand tools or use those not suited for the job. The results can range from damaging tools and the work surface to serious personal injury.
“Many people don’t know that there are at least 10 different types of wrenches, more than 125 types of pliers, 12 types of screwdrivers, 15 types of hammers and many other tools that can save time and give the job a professional look,” Foote added. “So it’s really important that the tools you’re using are the right ones for the job.”
Most experts agree that eye protection is a must. A variety of tools may be used on any given job, and while each has a varying potential for injury, protecting the eyes for the duration of a project is never a bad idea.
Always inspect tools for cracks, chips or wear prior to use and clean them properly when finished. Keep them in good condition – tools in proper shape allow for greater and safer performance. Throw away and replace any damaged or abused tools – especially striking or struck tools such as hammers.
For continuous work, use comfort grips or gloves. Try out a tool’s comfort, balance and feel in the store before making a purchase. Manufacturers such as Channellock, Inc., makers of high-quality hand tools, design products with the end users’ comfort in mind.
“We designed our Code Blue(R) line of tools with improved comfort grips to fit both the job and the technician,” said Scott Jonap, vice president of sales and marketing for Channellock. “Not only do our products provide lasting comfort, but when used correctly, they can help reduce the likelihood of an injury.”
The most important practice is perhaps the easiest – educate everyone in the home on the proper use of hand tools and risks of injury involved. How a tool is used is as important as the kind of tool chosen for a particular job.
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