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Cutting with Confidence - Think Safety when Using Power Saws.

NORTHBROOK, Ill., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Power saws are designed with precise controls that help achieve accuracy when cutting. However, to receive the best results, you can't simply rely on technology. Patience, concentration and attention to safety are hallmarks of a skilled woodworker/craftsperson. Unfortunately, nearly 80,000 people "saw" the inside of a hospital emergency room last year due to saw accidents -- victims of cuts, bruises, abrasions and even amputations.

The safety experts at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) recommend you follow these safety precautions when using any type of power saw.

* A blade guard is a necessity. Buy a saw with the guard you feel most

comfortable using, and keep it on the saw at all times. Some types,

such as sabre saws, cannot be designed with a guard; be especially

careful to avoid contact with the blade. Before operating saws with

guards, make sure they are in place and in proper working order.

* Make sure the switch is in the "OFF" position before plugging in a

power saw.

* Always wait for the saw blade to stop before pulling away from a cut to

avoid "kickback." Kickback can occur when the blade jams or binds in

the wood and throws the saw toward the operator (portable power saws)

or the wood toward the operator (stationary equipment).

* While operating the saw, keep the cord away from the cutting area and

position it so that it will not be caught on the work piece.

* Make sure you use the right saw for your task. For example, don't use

a circular saw for cutting tree limbs or logs. A chain saw is the

appropriate tool in this case.

* Saw blades that are chipped, bent, or in any way damaged should be

discarded immediately.

* Use clamps or a vise to hold work in place. It's safer than using your

hands and frees both to operate the tool.

* A properly sharpened saw blade provides better and safer performance.

Sharp blades minimize stalling and kickback.

* Keep children away from the work area at all times. Never allow them

to operate power saws.

* Use rubber or other non-slip matting around the work area to prevent

trips and falls. Keep the floor area clear of debris.

* Wear safety glasses, but don't wear jewelry while cutting. Watches,

bracelets and long sleeves can get caught in the saw's moving parts.

* If you need to use an extension cord with your saw, make sure it is in

good condition, and make sure it's heavy enough to carry the current

your product will draw.

* Turn off motor, make sure saw blade has stopped and unplug product

before cleaning around the saw.

Thoroughly thinking each "cut" all the way through and focusing on safety is a sure way to avoid miscuts and mishaps. For more information on the safe use of lawn and garden equipment and power tools, visit UL's Web site at www.ul.com or call UL's fax-on-demand line at 800-473-4766 (U.S. and Canada only).

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization that has been testing products for public safety for more than a century. More than 14 billion products bearing the UL Mark enter the marketplace every year.
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