Staple guns are very useful tools. They are portable, efficient, and simple to operate. This is why people use them for such a wide range of tasks and projects including woodworking, roofing, and carpet installation. However, staple guns can be dangerous if they are not handled with the right precautions or used properly. In this blog we will talk about the staple gun safety rules you need to know.
Different Types of Staple Guns
Staple guns come in different varieties, including manual, electric, and pneumatic staple guns. Some are more affordable. Some are more efficient. The one you need depends on the job you want to do. All of them fire staples.
Follow Basic Safety Rules
Because staples when fired are sharp projectiles, you should take the right precautions when you use your staple gun:
- Always wear proper safety gear. This includes goggles or glasses, gloves, and ear protection if you are using a pneumatic staple gun. Make sure the gloves you choose aren’t bulky and allow you to hold the staple gun easily and securely.
- Hold objects you intend to staple in place with clamps instead of your hands.
- Never walk with your finger on the trigger of a staple gun and do not disable the gun’s safety features. You should also never drag or pull it by its cord. You do not want to cause it to fire accidentally.
- Do not bang things with your staple gun or try to use it as a hammer. That’s not your staple gun’s function.
- Do not point your staple gun at people or pets. If you are holding it but not using it, keep it pointed downward and away from your body.
Staple guns fire in one of two ways, either one staple at a time or on continuous feed. If you use a continuous feed staple gun, it’s easier to forget that staples are still firing, so you need to be mindful of what you are doing and focus on only pulling the trigger when you want to fasten something. If you aren’t careful, it’s easy to staple something you don’t want stapled.
Read the instructions that come with your staple gun before you use it, and make sure you have the correct type of staples you need. If you are using a staple gun with a cord, make sure you unplug it if you have to move it from one location to another, give it to another person, or try to fix a staple jam. Watch the cord too. It’s too easy to trip over if you don’t, and you don’t want to stumble with a gun in your hand and your finger on the trigger.
Before you use your staple gun, check it over to make sure all the parts are working correctly. You should also clean it after every use and wipe it down with the correct oil. Do not let the oil build up, though. Wipe it off so it doesn’t attract dust or dirt.
If you follow the staple gun safety rules, you will be able to use your tool to do your job or complete your project. These are very helpful tools as long as you maintain them and use them correctly. If you need either staple guns or staples, we have a good variety of them here at Bond Products and would be happy to talk to you about our inventory. Call us at 1-888-800-BOND for assistance.