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Using Power Tools

  • Use the right tools.
  • The power tools you use outdoors should be specially made for that purpose. They will have heavier wiring, a three-way grounded plug, or double insulation.
  • GFCIs will help keep you safe.
  • Any outdoor outlet must be weatherproof and have a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) to protect you from serious shock. If you run an extension cord from an indoor outlet to use a power tool at an outdoor location, choose an outlet that has GFCI protection.
  • Keep your work area dry and clean.
  • When working in wet conditions, you need to be even more careful. Wet clothes or skin will increase the severity of any shock. Also, dust can ignite from a spark caused by your tools. Take some extra time to make sure your work area is dry and clean before starting work.
  • Use only well-insulated, heavy-duty equipment that is designed for outdoor conditions. When working outdoors, use GFCI-protected outlets.



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