Utility knives are a common tool that can make many tasks easier and faster. However, when not used correctly, they can be quite dangerous. To ensure your safety and safety of those around you, here are some tips on using a utility knife safely.
First and foremost, always use a sharp blade. Dull blades are more difficult to control, and can easily slip and cause injury. When purchasing a new utility knife, check to make sure it comes with quality, sharp blades.
Always use right tool for job. Utility knives are designed for cutting thin materials such as cardboard, plastic, paper, and cloth. Do not use them to cut hard materials such as metal or wood.
Make sure blade is fully extended before you begin cutting. Never cut with a partially extended blade, as it could snap and cause injury.
When handling a utility knife, always be sure to use both hands. Place your weaker hand firmly on material you’re cutting, and then use your stronger hand to pull blade down and make cut.
If you are cutting a particularly thick material, or need to make a deep cut, use a slower, more controlled movement and a lighter pressure. Never use too much force as it can cause blade to snap and possibly cause injury.
When you have finished using knife, retract blade and store knife in a safe place. Do not leave a fully extended blade lying around, as it can be a safety hazard.
Always be aware of your environment when using a utility knife. Never use a utility knife in an area with children or pets, as they can easily be injured by a stray blade.
Utility knives are a great tool to have around the house, but they must be used correctly in order to prevent injury. By following these tips, you can safely and efficiently use a utility knife.