A reciprocating saw is a type of saw with a horizontal blade that is repeatedly pushed forward and back with the use of a motor. It is widely used in demolition and remodeling tasks. A reciprocating saw is mainly used to cut through hard construction materials. These tools are tough and can cut through metal and wood very quickly. Reciprocating saws are most useful for making quick, crude cuts through surfaces. When using these powerful tools, you must follow some safety precautions.
1 – Purchase the Right Tool
Before you purchase a reciprocating saw, ensure that it has all the features you need. Only purchase a tool that you are comfortable carrying and operating. Before operating the reciprocating saw, read the owner’s manual thoroughly.
2 – Keep Your Work Area Safe
A clear, well-lit work area is crucial to your safety as well as that of your co-workers and other people in the vicinity. Before you commence work, make it a point to clear all clutter from your work area. Keep young children and pets away. Only work on a stable surface.
3 – Wear Appropriate Safety Gear
Wear safety goggles, dust mask, ear covers, gloves and sturdy, slip-resistant shoes. Keep clothing and hair out of the way of the reciprocating saw. It is best to avoid flowing clothing and jewelry when working with a reciprocating saw.
4 – Maintain Proper Balance
Hold the reciprocating saw firmly with both hands by grasping the gripping area provided. Keep the grips free of grease and dirt. Make sure the blades are sharp enough for the job. Dull blades are dangerous as they cause you to apply excessive force. Never cut through concealed surfaces without checking beforehand.
5 – Maintain Electric Safety
Never operate an electric reciprocating saw in wet conditions. Never plug it into an outlet without ensuring that the switch is off. Never yank on the electric cord to disconnect a reciprocating saw from the electric supply. Carry it safely, never drag it by the cord or move it around when it is switched on. Use only a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected extension cords or outdoor outlets. If the cord of the tool is damaged, do not use it.
6 – Use the Reciprocating Saw Correctly
Never use excessive force when operating the reciprocating saw. Avoid over-reaching, because it can cause you to lose your balance.
7 – Turn Off the Saw When Performing Maintenance
When you are cleaning or changing blades on the reciprocating saw, turn off the power supply and unplug the saw. Never leave the tool unattended.
8 – Never Use the Saw if You Feel Unwell
If you have had alcohol, medication or some other drug that makes you drowsy, never use the reciprocating saw. The same principle applies for users who are feeling unwell.
9 – Avoid Use Near Flammable Materials
Never use a reciprocating saw in an area where combustible materials are stored. Sparks emitted by the tool can quickly cause a fire.
10 – Keep Your Hands Clear of the Saw
Never reach around or under the material you are cutting. You can seriously injure yourself. Always keep both hands on the saw when it is in operation.