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
- 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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