Safety is a frame of mind, and should be an important part of everything we use or do. You can have an accident when driving, trip when climbing stairs, fall when pruning a tree, or slip in the tub. We are surrounded by potential hazards.
The people who don't become victims are those who accept the possibilities and prepare for them. Woodworking safety requires good common sense.
Some woodworkers have been known to neglect to use guards and will ignore correct procedures, feeling that they are knowledgeable enough to be immune. Accident statistics are comprised of these people, and it is interesting to note that included are more professionals than amateurs. Safe woodworking is not a matter of experience or expertise, or the sophistication of the tool you are using. Safety rules should be studied and followed, not ignored.
Warnings, Cautions and Notes appear throughout these tips. When you come to one of these statements, plese read and understand it fully. Their meanings are:
Warning: A Warning is given when failure to follow the directions is likely to result in injury, loss of limb, or other serious injury.
Caution: A Caution is given when failure to follow the directions is likely to result in damage to the equipment.
Note: A Note is used to highlight an important procedure, practice or condition.
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