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As most of you know the CO-OP proudly added Craftsman Tools to the store last year and it has been an huge hit! With a wide selection of both hand and power tools, and a generous "no questions asked"  broken hand tool replacement program for Craftsman, well, the CO-OP is the place to go for reliable tools to make your job, and life, easier.

Here is a friendly word from our local tool expert Jim Bottoms at The Co-Op to make sure you are being as safe as possible with your DIY projects or home renovations.  

If you are like me there are several things on my "Honey-do" list this summer.OSHA has some general safety tips for those of us who will be building or remodeling this summer using our old friend the power tool. Here are just a few.


Electric Tools
Persons using electric tools must be aware of several dangers. Among the most serious hazards are electrical burns and shocks.

Electrical shocks, which can lead to injuries such as heart failure and burns, are among the major hazards associated with electric-powered tools. Under certain conditions, even a small amount of electric current can result in fibrillation of the heart and death. An electric shock also can cause the user to fall off a ladder or other elevated work surface and be injured due to the fall.

To protect the user from shock and burns, electric tools must have a three-wire cord with a ground and be plugged into a grounded receptacle, be double insulated, or be powered by a low-voltage isolation transformer. Three-wire cords contain two current-carrying conductors and a grounding conductor. Any time an adapter is used to accommodate a two-hole receptacle, the adapter wire must be attached to a known ground. The third prong must never be removed from the plug.

Double-insulated tools are available that provide protection against electrical shock without third-wire grounding. On double-insulated tools, an internal layer of protective insulation completely isolates the external housing of the tool.

The following general practices should be followed when using electric tools:

Operate electric tools within their design limitations.
Use gloves and appropriate safety footwear when using electric tools.
Store electric tools in a dry place when not in use.
Do not use electric tools in damp or wet locations unless they are approved for that purpose.
Keep work areas well lighted when operating electric tools.
Ensure that cords from electric tools do not present a tripping hazard.

So, I know you have used your old friend for years but don't let it surprise you with a trip to the ER. You'll thank me later.