Follow these tips on safety when using pliers.
- Pliers should not be used for cutting hardened wire unless specifically manufactured for this purpose
- Never expose pliers to excessive heat. This may draw the temper and ruin the tool.
- Always cut at right angles. Never rock from side to side or bend the wire back and forth against the cutting edges.
- Don't bend stiff wire with light pliers. Needle nose pliers can be damaged by using the tips to bend too large a wire. Use a sturdier tool.
- Never use pliers as a hammer nor hammer on the handles. They may crack or break, or edges may be nicked by such abuse.
- Never extend the length of handles to secure greater leverage. Use a larger pair of pliers or a bolt cutter.
- Pliers should not be used on nuts or bolts. A wrench will do the job better and with less risk of damage to the fastener.
- Oil pliers occassionally. A drop of oil at the hinge will lengthen tool life and assure easy operation.
- Safety glasses or goggles should be worn when cutting wire, etc. to protect eyes.
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