Drills to Spills: Test Your Tool Safety Quiz

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What should you wear when you mow the lawn?

Long pants and heavy shoes will protect your legs and feet from debris kicked back during mowing.

How can you find out if your tool has been recalled?

The Web site for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission regularly lists product recalls, so check the site often.

True or false: You should always wear safety goggles when working with power tools.

It's true; you should always wear protective goggles to keep your eyes safe from dust or flying debris.

What should you keep handy when working with power tools?

When working with power tools, it's always a good idea to have a first-aid kit in case of injury and a fire extinguisher in case a fire breaks out.

What should you use to absorb gas in an overfilled tank?

If you put a little too much gas into your lawn mower tank, put a tampon into it. Within seconds, the excess gas will be absorbed into the tampon.

Which government agency is responsible for safety regulations in the construction industry?

The U.S. Department of Labor has a division called the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). It is responsible for safety regulations in several industries, including the construction industry.

True or false: When cleaning and maintaining your tool, the tool should be in the off position, but you can leave it plugged in.

False. Your tools should be turned off and unplugged after each use. And they should definitely be unplugged before any maintenance is performed.

What is the most common cause of injury when using power tools?

Electric shock is the most common cause of injury.

When using a razor knife, how sharp should the blade be?

The blade of a razor knife should be as sharp as possible. A dull blade is much harder to use and could slip much more easily.

When using a table saw, how should you retrieve your cut piece of material?

You should never reach across a saw to get your materials. Always turn the saw off when you are finished using it and walk around to get your piece.

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About This Quiz

Whether you're about to use a hand tool or power tool, there are many things to think about. What are you going to build? How are you going to design this piece? How long will it take you? What materials do you need before you get started?

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