If you want your children to feel comfortable in a workshop you have to make sure that they know all of the rules. If they do they’ll be able to create amazing things with their own two hands. If they don’t … they could easily end up hurt.
1. Always Turn It Off
If they’re using something that has power the first rule should be to always turn it off when it’s not being used. It doesn’t matter if they’re setting the saw down for five seconds or for five minutes or longer. They should always turn it off when they’re not actually in the process of cutting, even if they don’t actually put the saw/drill or whatever it is down on a table or anywhere else. Anything that has electricity going through it can be dangerous and that’s especially true when it comes to something that has a saw or drill or other sharp object at the other end.
2. Always Wear Goggles
If they’re going to be working in a workshop then they will be nailing, screwing, hammering, sawing and who knows what else. That means they will have pieces of something flying around even accidentally and those flying objects can easily become projectiles that cause serious injury. You want them to be wearing goggles at all times because anything that hits their eye could be disastrous. With goggles they can still be injured in other ways, but they’re definitely going to be able to protect their eyes which are generally the most susceptible to damage.
3. Always Know Where Your Hands Are
This might seem like an obvious one, but there are many people who end up with injuries because they didn’t really know where their hands were placed. This can result in a lot of problems depending on the tools you’re using. This is how many people hit their fingers with a hammer. It’s also how you could end up with a cut or more serious injury from a saw or drill. Always make sure your hands are out of the way of the blade or bit and you’ll be much safer.
4. Pay Attention To What You’re Doing
You don’t want to be looking at anything else or even talking to someone else when you’re using tools, especially power tools. Teach your child to always be looking at what they are doing and paying close attention to it at all times. If something else distracts them teach them to stop what they are doing immediately. You definitely don’t want them to be injured because they are getting distracted by things around them. You want them completely focused as their mistake can cause injury to them or someone else.
5. Use Tools Like They’re Meant to Be Used
There are a range of tools out there and that means you can always find a tool for something. If you don’t have the tool to do what you want to do then go get a different one or you may have to buy something new. You definitely can’t just use one tool in a way it’s not meant to be used as this can definitely cause injury. It can also cause damage to the tool, which means you may not have it available for the next project you want to complete.
6. Clean Up Your Surroundings
If you leave pieces of wood, nails, screws, drill bits, screwdrivers or anything else lying around they immediately become clutter and a hazard. You could end up with someone slipping and falling or something getting lost that you’re going to need again. By keeping the area cleaned up at all times you’ll be able to stay prepared for everything and you’ll be able to keep yourself from getting hurt and you’ll be able to complete your project a lot faster because you’ll always know where your tools are when you want to use them.
7. Be Aware of Your Surroundings
This may seem contrary to the tip on being focused, but it’s extremely important. Your child should be able to tell when something is happening around them so they can stop what they are doing and take care of another situation. If someone else is injured while working or if there is a fire or other emergency they should be able to recognize that quickly and stop what they are doing. The focus we mentioned previously is important but being aware means that something out of place or strange should break that focus and cause them to stop and look around.
8. Always Work With a Partner
This doesn’t mean your child need someone else helping them with the project, but they should definitely have someone else out there with them while they’re working. This is important in case they need some help but also in case there’s an emergency. You don’t want your child to be all alone and something happens to them. If there’s someone there with them while they work it’s more likely they’ll get the help they need right away for whatever injury they might have, even if it’s just a small cut.
9. Know Your Tools
Make sure that your child knows and understand the tools they are going to be using before they start using them. If they’ve never used the tool before someone should be there to help them before they start using it on their own. Make sure that someone who is comfortable with the tool is going to help them for at least a short period of time before they start working by themselves. Many people will be injured because they didn’t really know how to handle their tools properly.
10. Ask For Help
Make sure your child knows that they should always ask for help if they don’t know how to do something or what they should be doing. Make sure that they know who they can ask and that they feel comfortable with that person, whether it’s you or someone else. You want to make sure that they’re going to get the help when they need it and that they won’t feel like they should just push through on their own. That’s how someone could get hurt.