If you’re a DIYer, you probably have a lot of tools to help you work on your home projects. Most of your tools are likely simple—it doesn’t exactly take a rocket scientist to work a hammer. However, you might have a few other tools that can be difficult to operate, like a staple gun. Staple guns can be tricky to work with and dangerous when used incorrectly or without the proper safety measures. Read below for the dos and don’ts of staple gun safety.
Don’t Neglect Eye Protection
Eye protection is extremely important when you’re using a staple gun, especially since you typically use the tool on wood or another soft material. Wood and metal can cause filings and splinters to fly into your eyes. Sometimes, a staple gun will malfunction, and staples can fly toward your eyes, so you certainly don’t want to neglect eye protection. Staple guns are different than nail guns, but still, both require safety goggles. Don’t neglect to wear them.
Choose Proper Gloves
You want to choose a pair of work gloves that resists deep penetration. Never operate your staple gun without proper protection. Drivers’ gloves or thin gloves aren’t adequate for this purpose. You need a certain amount of force to pull most staple gun triggers, so ensure you can handle the gun appropriately with the work gloves you choose. In addition, since a staple gun often recoils, choose a pair of gloves that will protect your hands from that force.
Never Disable the Safety Features
Safety features exist for a reason, so leave them on at all times. You should do this to keep yourself safe, to be sure, but also to keep your family safe. Without safety features on, accidents happen far too often. Safety features are paramount, so no matter how skilled you are with a staple gun, you must keep the safety features on. This is integral when discussing the dos and don’ts of staple gun safety.
In short, there are many things you should and shouldn’t do with your staple gun. This list isn’t exhaustive, but it is worth looking at to get a feel for best practices. We hope you’ve read it carefully and will use the information.