To prevent puncture wounds, be sure to practice safety when using blunt or sharp objects.
- Pay close attention to what you are doing.
- If you become distracted, set the object aside until you can pay attention to what you are doing.
- Know how to use the object properly.
- Have good lighting so you can see what you are doing.
- Wear gloves whenever possible to protect your hands.
- Wear other safety gear, such as glasses or boots, as appropriate.
- Hold a sharp object away from your body while using it.
- Carry the object with the dangerous end away from you.
- Shut the power off and use safety locks on your power tools when you are not using them.
- Be very careful when using high-pressure equipment, such as staple guns or paint sprayers. Make sure your work area is clear of people and hazards that could interfere with the safe operation of the equipment.
- Store dangerous objects in secure places away from children.
- Teach children about safety, and be a good role model.
- Do not use alcohol or drugs when you are handling sharp objects.
Be sure to have a Reference tetanus shot every 10 years.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference June 6, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine