Hometime's Dean Johnson discusses tool and project safety basics
Hometime's Dean Johnson and co-host Miriam Johnson
Over the last 20 years advances have made hand- and power-tools better and safer than ever before - but even top-of-the-line tools require care and common sense, says longtime host of PBS Television's Hometime, Dean Johnson.
team were among the early pioneers in DIY TV, teaching homeowners since the mid '80s about tools and home renovation projects.
"The right tool makes it easier to do the job and you end up with a better result," Johnson
"But no matter what kind of operation you do, when you start to use a tool that isn't meant to do something - that's when you start to get into trouble."
Whether you're using non-powered hand tools, corded tools, or battery-powered ones, proceed carefully and methodically, says Johnson
It's good advice.
stresses not to take short cuts when working with tools, such as cutting a piece of wood on an unstable surface like a trash can while holding the other end with your foot.
other important tip: Stay organized with your tools and material throughout the process.
"I see many contractors come in and some are incredibly organized but some aren't," Johnson
"Before long you're just stepping on their tools and you're walking over everything.
Keeping things neat and putting things back in their cases will keep your workplace much safer."
How to handle the most common tools
Tools require knowledge and common sense, say Johnson
and other safety experts such as the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
, offer the following recommendations:
adds that power tools require extra care as they're more likely to cause serious injury if careless mistakes are made.
says get to know the tools you're working with and their limitations, read the directions, know the correct way to clean and maintain them, and how to change out parts such as drill bits and blades.
What are some of the more popular power tools that have resulted in the most injuries?
Table saws, chainsaws, nail guns, circular saws, and ladders, according to Popular Mechanics
Many of DIY shows offer videos and advice online.
recommends carefully planning out your project and learning how to use the tools first.
"I think there are so many good How-to shows, This Old House, Hometime
, and HGTV are non-stop home improvement and a good way to get acclimated," Johnson