Air compressors are the tools for supplying compressed air to the pneumatic nail guns. Following some rules to be safe from the tool always reduce the extra cost of running to the doctor. Here are some air compressor safety tips to keep yourself safe. Make sure that you will follow these tips below while using an air compressor.
Air Compressor Safety Tidbits
1. Know your compressor: You must know about the compressor you use. The user manual is provided with the tool so that you can know all the parts of the compressor and the way to use the tool. Read the manual carefully for getting necessary information about the tool. You will need that information to operate the tool.
2.Check before you start: Before starting the compressor, there are some things to check.
Check the pump oil at first. If your air compressor is oil lubricated, you have to check the pump oil daily before starting the air compressor. If there is less oil or no oil, the compressor will not work properly and any damage may occur. As a result, you need to repair the compressor and waste your time and money.
Before starting check for any loose screws and make sure that you have made those tight. When running, the air compressor vibration can make the tool to throw loose screws. Thus an accident might happen. Loosing screw is not a good thing for your tool too. If the screws are not tight enough, the tool may not work properly.
Hose is there to take compressed air to the nailer or any other pneumatic tool. If the joint of the hose is not properly tighten, the hose may be disconnected from the tool and hit you because of the pressure of the compressed air. So check the hose joint before you start to be sure about your air compressor safety.
Don’t place the tool on a wet surface. Wet surface makes different parts of the tool wet and thus rust attack the tool. To be safe from rust, make sure that you are placing the tool in a dry place. If it is not possible to avoid wet places, try to move the tool from there as soon as possible. I recommend you to clean the tool with a piece of cloth after using the tool in a wet place.
Check the emergency shut off valve. Make sure that the valve is working correctly. If it doesn’t work properly and any emergency situation arises, you will be in trouble because the shut off feature will not stop the tool. So it is good to check the emergency shut off valve before you start the tool.
To work safely, check the air compressor belt. If the belt is not in good condition, it may be torn when you are working and suddenly stop the tool. Thus any accident might take place.
3. Safety in working: After starting the tool, you will have to focus on different things as you are working with the tool which supplies compressed air.
To ensure air compressor safety, while the tool is running, keep your concentration on the tool. If any irregular vibration or sound happens, don’t be late to shut the tool off. Irregular sound might be a sign of a huge problem. So when it will occur, shut the tool off and check the tool if everything is okay or not.
While working, the air compressor may be needed to be moved. In this case, before moving the compressor, make sure that the power supply is off. Moving the tool when it is working is a foolish thing to do. This will destroy the internal parts of the tool. Besides, it is not easy to move the tool when it is working on.
If you need to change the pump oil in the middle or working, shut the tool off and then change the pump oil. This will keep you safe from generating smoke or fire.
Make sure that the air compressor is getting power properly. If the compressor doesn’t get proper power, the internal electric components will be damaged. As a result, you can’t use the tool for a long time without repair. An insufficient power supply can cause fire also.
4. After working Safety: After working with the tool, there are some other air compressor safety tidbits to be aware of. These are given below-
After stopping work, keep the power supply disconnected. Keeping power supply connected to the tool may cause a problem for the tool because of load-shedding or voltage problems. Besides these, the tool may accidentally start working and cause accidents if the parts are not properly prepared for work.
After working, don’t forget to clean the air tanks. Inside air tanks, water can be produced because of the vapor of the air. After using the tool every day, be sure that you are clearing that water from the air tank through the drain valve located at the bottom side of the tank (generally). Otherwise, there will be rust inside the tank and the tank will be leaked.
To keep your air compressor safe, store the air compressor in a dry place and under a shade. Storing your compressor at a perfect place will keep your compressor free from rust, rain and sun. So you will be able to use the tool for a longer time.
5. Gadgets for safety: For keeping yourself safe from the air compressor, there are some safety gadgets you have to use.
a) Use headphone or any other ear protection to keep your ear safe from the noise produced by the compressor.
b) Use gloves to keep your hands safe from compressor oil.
c) Use eye protection to keep your eyes safe from any kind of components thrown by the compressor.
d) Wear appropriate shoe to keep your feet steady against the vibration of the air compressor.
e) Avoid dresses with a long extension. Keep your long hair tied to be safe.
It is your duty to keep yourself safe from the problems caused by air compressors. The above air compressor safety information will help you to keep you and your tool safe from any hazards that may arise when you are using the air compressor. Check out the ways in which you will maintain your air compressor. Check Best Air Compressor to know my best picks in air compressors.