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Like People, Power Tools Need Checkups
Electrical cords should be free of cracks or cuts, safety experts advise
-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SATURDAY, Oct. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Once temperatures drop and activities move indoors, it's time to store gardening power tools safely for the winter.
It's also time to tune up leaf- and snow-blowers, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International. Check these cold-weather machines and their cords for signs of wear and replace damaged parts, the group advises.
Also, unplug and safely store battery chargers until spring.
When working outside in the fall and winter, use only weatherproof electrical devices. Electrical equipment that gets wet should be inspected and repaired by a certified dealer, the foundation adds.
Other cold-weather safety suggestions from the group include:
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides more information on electrical safety.
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