If you are doing a DIY project at home, tool rentals can be a great way to save money. Why go out and buy items you might rarely use? However, handling various tools in general can be dangerous at times, especially if you are not familiar with certain types. Before you get hurt or break your borrowed instruments, consider some safety tips.
One of the first things to do is read any directions that come with the tools. It might sound obvious, but many people jump right into the project, assuming they know exactly how to use the items in front of them.
Whether the tool in question is something as simple as a drill or a bit more complicated, be sure to read any included instructions or warnings. If none come with it, you can probably ask the company from which you borrowed the instrument.
If your tool rentals typically include power tools, take extra precautions before using them. Safety goggles are usually a must, especially if you are cutting wood, fiberglass, metal, or any other material that might spew tiny, or large, particles into the air. Masks can be worn for the same reason. You should also tie up long hair if you have it, as this can help prevent it from getting caught. Additionally, try to wear clothes that cover you well, such as long sleeves and pants, but make sure they are not loose enough to get caught.
If your tool rentals usually involve power cords, remember to never unplug them by yanking on the cord. Instead, carefully take the plug out of the socket using dry hands. You should always unplug any product when it is not being used, both to avoid people from tripping over it and to prevent it from accidentally being turned on when you are not ready for it. Even if you are just working with hammers or screw drivers, be sure to put them away after each project session so you do not trip or step on them.
No matter what instruments you usually work with, you need to observe safety precautions. Following these tips for tool rentals can also help you avoid breaking any and having to pay to replace them. In fact, typically you should not borrow anything you do not know how to use right away. Though most complicated tools should come with directions, asking upfront how to use them from the company you are renting from can't hurt.