Safety Archive

Unlike the traditional stepladder, the step stool is designed for reaching shelves or relatively high places within the shop or home, and has the added benefit of providing you with a portable seat for working at multiple locations. While there is some minor variation from one company to the other, a height of around 3 feet is typical, giving the user access to the ceiling panels in an office or to a storage area in the shop. Unlike most other tools found in the garage, the best step stool is perfect for the home as well, storing in a small space but giving ready access to high shelves, cupboards or even the attic pull cord any time you need it. TOP PICK: Rubbermaid RM-3W Folding [&hellip

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Tools have been used by mankind for thousands of years, and they have always shared one important trait: Tools can be dangerous when improperly used. The rise of recent injuries with hand held tools are mainly attributed to DIY amateurs who have not been shown how to properly use a tool or even bothered to read the product manual. To that end, we’re focusing on tools that are commonly used in the home workshop, omitting such notable devices as snowblowers, mowers, and wood chippers in favor of tools that you may be using for DIY projects. 1. Powered Saws Powered saws of all types are inherently dangerous, from small circular saws to stationary table saws. Saws which use circular blades may be spinning the teeth at upwards of 2500 [&hellip

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The best extension ladder of any size will have three traits in common: It will have D-shaped rungs for safe foot placement, swivel feet on the bottom for stability, and a non-marring top cap that prevents scratching surfaces or sliding haphazardly from side to side. For added safety, our top picks are both made of non-conductive Fiberglass, so they are perfect for electricians, handymen, or as an all-purpose tool for use around the home. Both models also come in various lengths (from 16-40 feet) and we simply list two of the more common lengths that are purchased. What length of ladder should you get? Keep in mind that just because you need to reach something that’s 20 feet high, doesn’t mean you should get a [&hellip

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Your garage is one of the most vulnerable parts of the home, because it is often overlooked when trying to spruce up security. Whether you use your garage as a workshop, a storage area, or the place to park your car at night, there are some inexpensive – or even completely free – ways to make it safer. Secure Emergency Releases Automatic garage door openers are required by law to have an emergency release, typically a pull rope with a red handle for easy recognition. Most homeowners don’t realize that it’s fairly easy to unlock the emergency release from the outside using only a coat hanger. Unless you have small children or another reason to leave this device accessible, securing it with a zip tie or other [&hellip

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Deciding whether or not a garage lift is right for you is not exactly a difficult decision to make, but you also need to keep in mind that there different types and sizes available, and install the one that best suits your purposes. If you do as much of your own automotive work as possible, a car lift may be good idea, but getting the wrong one could mean that you are never able to realize the full potential of what this tool can do. Making the Car Lift Decision If the only work you do on your car is washing it and putting on protective products, you may not need the expense and installation of a car lift. If you perform repairs such as [&hellip

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When shopping for the best flashlight, the trend has moved away from large, clunky contraptions to smaller devices that easily fit in your pocket or purse. LED flashlights use less power, so you will not be weighed down by the batteries, and provide bright light that can be focused on a specific area. There is a great deal of variation between lights, but the top flashlight will always be the one that can handle any job you have for it, whether it’s at home, the workshop, jobsite, or on the road. TOP PICK: Streamlight 66118 Stylus Pro Flashlight The Streamlight 66118 is the best small flashlight in its class for several reasons. It weighs less than 2 ounces, and comes with a nylon holster for safe storage. Only [&hellip

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You can save a lot of money by taking on home improvement and repair tasks on your own, but you should also know that the DIY sector accounts for tens of thousands of emergency room visits every year. By all means, get started on those tasks, but always keep your personal safety in the front of your mind and do not take chances that could be more costly than the work itself. Protect Your Eyes The most common type of construction injury, DIY projects included, is damage to the eyes. Eye protection (usually in the form of safety glasses) is affordable and easy to find, even online. In most circumstances, a clear lens is the best type of safety glass, but working outdoors may be [&hellip

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Anytime you lift one end of a vehicle, you should use the best wheel chocks possible for all tires remaining on the ground. If you own a set of vehicle ramps, high quality chocks are a great companion tool to give you more stability and enhanced safety. Good wheel chocks will be light enough and small enough to store behind the seat for emergency use, and strong enough to last for years. Rubberized wheel chocks will always give you the best performance, gripping the surface they rest on to prevent sliding. Keep in mind, though, that wheel chocks are designed to prevent a tire from moving, and are not large enough or strong enough to use for other purposes. TOP PICK: Small Cars: Ernst Manufacturing 980-Red [&hellip

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The best car ramps for small and medium sized cars have a moderate incline specifically to address the low ground to frame clearance of sports cars and sedans. Those with trucks or SUVs may get by with using ramps with a sharper incline but what’s the point when the more gradual incline ramps accommodate pretty much any vehicle. Ramps should also be lightweight and designed for easy storage. Ramps and jacks can be dangerous, and some care should always be taken, such as always using more than one support device (always use a pair of wheel chocks to block the ground tires to prevent accidental rolling and you can in addition use jack stands). Similarly, vehicle ramps are designed for use on relatively level ground, and are more [&hellip

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No matter where you go or what you do, the potential for minor injuries is never more than a slip or stumble away. To help you be prepared for emergencies, you should have a good first aid kit available. The best first aid kit includes antiseptics, a variety of gauze and bandages, and general medications such as antihistamines and over-the-counter pain relievers. For people on the go, the kit should be lightweight and compact enough to fit into a backpack, glove compartment, or in some other convenient and accessible storage location. TOP PICK: The Complete First Aid Kit For applications which must conform to government safety standards, this is the best first aid kit on the market. It conforms to ANSI standards and federal 510K sterile standards. That [&hellip

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