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Power tools: tips for safe operation

Clothes, eyewear, workspace just as vital as proper tool usage

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You've all seen the safety warnings that are listed as the first page or two in the instruction manual that accompanies every new tool. And if you're like most people, you've probably only glanced at them in your enthusiasm to get that tool unpacked -- if you've read them at all. It's unfortunate the overly litigious society we live in today has prompted the need to paste a warning label on every available square inch of just about everything we pick up. Unfortunate not because the warnings aren't valuable, it's just that we are so inundated and overwhelmed with them that we often don't give them the attention they deserve. Safety warnings are, however, there for a reason. Some are generic in nature, and some are very specific to that particular tool. And while many may seem like simple common sense, always remember that ignoring even the most basic of them can result in serious injuries, literally in the blink of an eye. So take a moment to review some of these common power...