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air is not a plaything and must be used in a safe manner. So before grabbing an
air hose and going into action, there are a number of safety guidelines which
should be followed.
of all, be sure you have the right air hose.
Air hoses look alike. Sometimes hose lines are crossed, and you could be
make sure the air hose is good condition. An air hose is designed to withstand
pressure, but it becomes weakened at the places where it is bent, where it is
attached to a shut off valve and to the nozzle, and wherever it has been kinked.
Such weak points may swell like a balloon and burst, throwing pieces of hose in
every direction. This may also cause the hose to thrash about dangerously. These
precautions should be followed:
air hoses out of areas where they are a trip hazard and subject to damage by
Prevent sharp objects—even hose fittings that have been burred—from
rubbing against the hose.
Always coil the hose—without kinks—and hang it over a broad support,
not over a hook, nail, or angle iron, when not in use.
Keep the connections pinned at all times.
You can use tye wire to secured the connection.
you have a choice of pressure, use the lowest pressure that will do the job.
There are many good reasons for this, and here are a few:
pressure of 40 lbs. can drive chips, as well as scale, from inside the piping
into your face and eyes with the force of shrapnel. Such air driven missiles
still do damage when they bounce off a surface, spinning much like a high speed
Air pressure against the skin may penetrate deeply to cause internal
hemorrhage and intense pain.
Air that enters body openings can burst internal organs and cause slow,
Air, even at 40 lbs., can blow an eye from its socket or rupture an
nozzle of an air hose is a deadly weapon. Do not point the nozzle of an air hose
at anyone, not even yourself.
By now the message should be clear—compressed air must be treated with respect. It’s a valuable tool, but it must be used intelligently and in a safe manner.
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