Hand and power tools are a necessity on any work site. Armed with the right tools we're more productive, and more efficient. However, hand and power tools can also be dangerous. When used incorrectly they can do a lot of damage in a short period of time. We need to work with these tools safely, on the job, and at home. Start with a safety plan. Assemble all the tools and materials you'll need before you begin a job. Have appropriate personal protective equipment on hand as well. Remember to choose tools and equipment that are designed for the job you are going to do. Accept no substitutes. They're too dangerous, and can quickly lead to an accident, or a damaged tool. Make sure you know how to use everything you've collected. Examine your work area for general hazards. Remove anything that might cause trouble, and finally...stay alert. Don't let distractions get the better of you. Step back for a minute if you get fatigued or irritated. Cutting tools are dangerous. They slice through materials and fingers with alarming ease.