After buying a new air compressor, safety becomes a major concern to ensure that everyone around you stays safe when the machine is in operation. Read the following safety tips for using an air compressor at home to protect everyone at home and keep the machine from damage.
Ensure That All Parts Are Tightly Connected
When using an air compressor, before you activate any pneumatic tool, you must connect to a source of air. In order to enhance its performance and protect you from injuries, make sure that you check to confirm that all parts are tightly connected. Parts fitted loosely are hazardous.
Allow Only Clean And Moisture Free Air
Ensure that the air that gets into the compressor through the inlet is clean and free from moisture. Maintain a maximum of 90 psig pressure unless your compressor’s rating is set to be beyond that limit. Exceeding the maximum pressure of your compressor might result into danger caused by undue velocity, cracks and faulty pressure.
Mind Your Hands
Avoid putting your hands near the end of any active pneumatic tool. Do not put your clothes or hear close to the working parts of the equipment and also avoid pointing any part of your body or face near an active end of a tool.
Do Proper Lubrication
Proper lubrication of all pneumatic tools to enhance its efficiency. Only use the lubricant you are sure of its reaction to avoid using inflammable lubricants.
Be Firmly Positioned
Ensure that you stay firmly grounded and be alert as you be ready for any unpredictable reaction of active machinery to happen.
Check The Air Supply
Check to see if everything is alright with the air supply and ensure that the shutoff valve is within reach. When you hear the air hose flapping uncontrollably, just know something is wrong. Don’t dare try control it manually. First cut the air source then go near the compressor.
Organise Your Workspace
Check to confirm that no cords or hoses are left hanging along the floors since they might cause people to flip and incur injuries.
Use A Nozzle
Use a nozzle every time you’re cleaning exceeds 15psi. Note that compressed air is not safe on human skin or for cleaning clothing.
Keep inflammable objects away
Ensure that all your pneumatic tools are well grounded whenever activated especially in the presence of inflammables or combustible elements like explosives or fuels.
Use your eye and hearing protection every time you are operating your compressor.
Avoid Wet Areas
Exposing your compressor to water for long duration may lead to rusty tank, damaged tools and issues with electrical circuitry.
Switch off the compressor and allow to cool before you refuel or change oil to avoid smoke, fire and other dangers.
Your air compressor must be plugged into a well-grounded outlet to avoid damage to the compressor’s electrical panel that may lead to fire.
In case you realise some abnormalities in the performance of your compressor or when you wish to use personal materials like extended cords. Seek advice from your supplier before you attempt something new to avoid danger.