Category : Hand Safety

Hand Hand Safety Power Saws

How to safely use a power saw

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Power saws are extremely powerful tools that can be dangerous to those who use them. While this tool can be useful for cutting different types of materials, it can cause serious hand injuries that may result in the loss of a hand or finger. Exercise power saw safety by following these important tips:

  1. Never use your hands to clear the scraps from a sawing worktable. Instead, use a push stick.
  2. Do not wear loose clothing,  jewelry or work gloves. They may get caught in the blade.
  3. Use sharp blades. Dull blades cause binding, stalling and possible kickback.
  4. Never drink alcohol while using a saw.
  5. When starting, let the saw reach full speed before cutting, and support the work firmly so it will not shift.
  6. NEVER look away from your work for any reason.
  7. Use the correct blade for the application. Set it for the correct depth to minimize the amount of exposed blade.
  8. Never disable safety guards, and always read instructions first.
  9. When starting or stopping the saw, make sure the work is not touching the blade.
  10. Lower a table saw blade below the table top when finished.
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Burns Fireworks Hand Hand Safety

Fireworks safety tips for July 4

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Firework-related injuries can range from burns to complete loss of the hand and fingers.  While the best choice is to attend public fireworks displays rather than setting off fireworks near or around the home, take the following precautions when around fireworks:

  • Obey safety barriers around a fireworks show and stay 500 feet from the launch site.
  • Supervise teens when using fireworks.
  • Wear eye protection when using fireworks.
  • Read the labels and instructions before using fireworks at home.
  • Remain standing when using sparklers.
  • Soak used fireworks in water before throwing in a trash bag.
  • Do not use fireworks indoors.
  • Do not try to relight a “dud” firework.
  • Do not touch fireworks debris. It may still be hot.

Stay safe during this July 4 holiday! Learn more about fireworks safety at www.handcare.org.

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Burns Grilling Hand Hand Safety

5 grilling safety tips

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Hand Hand Safety Lawnmower

10 lawnmower safety tips

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Stay safe this summer season while mowing your lawn! Lawnmowers can be the cause of serious hand injuries that may lead to loss of fingers or even a hand amputation. Follow these 10 lawnmower safety tips from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand. You can also view these tips with our infographic.

  1. Never use your hands to remove grass or debris from the lawnmower.
  2. Never lift a mower from the bottom, or the blades will cut your fingers, even when not running.
  3. Never cut grass when the ground is damp.
  4. Read your mower’s instruction manual prior to use.
  5. Do not remove any safety devices or guards on switches.
  6. Only allow one person at a time on a riding mower.
  7. Keep up with the maintenance of your mower, and keep blades sharp.
  8. Do not drink alcohol before operating a lawnmower.
  9. Wear protective goggles and gloves, and always wear shoes while mowing the lawn.
  10. Do not allow children on or near a lawnmower, especially when it is running.

 

Learn more about hand safety at www.HandCare.org.

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Finger Hand Hand Safety

Random Fact: Stuck Ring

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Did you know? A stuck ring can be the result of joint arthritis, which can happen as your body changes over the years. Learn more about how to remove a stuck ring safely.

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Gardening Hand Hand Safety

5 gardening safety tips

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Finger Hand Hand Safety

How to safely use a snowblower

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Hand surgeon Jay S. Talsania, MD discusses the dangers of using a snowblower in this new video. Snowblowers can cause serious injuries, most commonly sliced fingers! Learn how to avoid an injury and how to safely clean out a clogged snowblower with these tips from Dr. Talsania.

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Read more about snowblower safety at www.HandCare.org.

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Arm Casts and Splints Hand Hand Safety

How to take care of your arm cast

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Whether it’s an arm cast, wrist splint or finger splint, many types of casts can help your recovery from surgery or an injury. Casts are hard, made with plaster or fiberglass, while splints are lighter and can be taken on and off more easily. These are important to protecting you while your injury heals, so follow these tips to take good care of your cast or splint:

  1. Keep your cast or splint clean and dry. Getting it wet could irritate your skin. Cover it with a plastic bag, seal it with tape or rubber bands to keep it dry, and elevate it overhead while showering.
  2. Do not let dirt, sand or other materials get inside your cast or splint.
  3. Do not stick objects in your cast. If you feel itchy, ask your doctor for advice.
  4. Never attempt to trim your cast. If there are rough edges or your skin is irritated around the ends, contact your doctor.
  5. Contact your doctor if your cast or splint has a crack or soft spot.
  6. Never attempt to remove a cast yourself.

Be sure to contact your doctor if you have worsening pain, excessive swelling, numbness or tingling in your fingers, burning or stinging, or loss of movement in your fingers while wearing a cast. Learn more about casts and splints at www.HandCare.org.

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