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How to use a knife safely?

A knife can hurt or fix, depends on holder

Knives have proven to be life savers in dire situations. As helpful they are, wrongful handling can end you up with serious damages. Knife safety is like firearms safety, you have to follow the rules at all times. With a knife, the dangerous parts are the sharp edge and the pointed tip. Handle them safely to avoid unnecessary damage. Have a look at the following ways through which handling knife becomes safer, you should never cause preventable injury to others as well as yourself:

Avoid Using a Knife for Unsuitable Tasks
Use a knife only for its intended purpose. Avoid using it in place of a scraper, screwdriver, chisel or kitchen knife. Using it otherwise damages the blade, making it unusable for its task and it may harm the user too.

Retract the blade when not in Use
A knife has a sharp blade that can injure anybody who touches it by accident. As soon as you complete a cutting job, retract the blade into its plastic housing. Make it a practice to store utility knives in a closed, protected location with your other tools.

Stay Away From Cutting Line
Many accidents with knives occur because workers hold the object with the other hand, leaving it in the path of the knife. When you make a quick cut in a straight line, the knife can injure you.

Get Rid of Dull Knives
Dispose of dull or rusty blades in a blade disposal container. Never discard loose blades in the garbage or leave them where they can injure an unsuspecting person.

Don’t get distracted
When using a utility knife, focus on the job at hand. Never look away or converse with people as you cut. It is also a good practice to keep young children away from the work area.

Use Gloves whenever possible
To avoid nicks and cuts, always wear cut-resistant gloves when you work, especially on the hand that is holding the object in place. In case of any slippage, you hands will be protected from the knife. You could also use a restraining device to hold the object in place as you cut.

Don’t try to catch a falling knife
If a knife is falling, even a safety knife, you risk injury by trying to stop it with your hand or foot. Let the knife fall to the ground rather than trying to grab it as it falls.

Carry knives properly when walking
Do not carry your knives with the blade pointing up. Bad idea! Instead, hold the handle with the blade pointing toward the ground and the edge pointing away from you.

Condition should be checked periodically
Dull, rusted blades in utility knives can cause accidents because you need to exert a lot more force to cut. Inspect your utility knife often and ensure that the handle is sturdy. If the blade looks dull, have it replaced with a new one.

Arnab Ganguly