Farmington Hills, MI (May 31, 2006)--- This Father’s Day, many children will purchase power tools for their dad, also known to some as “Mr. Handyman.” Hand and power tools often help us easily perform tasks that otherwise would be difficult or impossible. However, these tools can be dangerous. If the tools are not maintained and used properly they can cause cuts, punctures, amputations, electrocutions or even death.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, finger amputations send an estimated 28,000 children and adults to hospital emergency department’s each year. David Walters, D.O., Department Chair of Emergency Medicine at Botsford General Hospital says, “As home improvement projects continue to be on the rise, power tools often are a popular gift for dads. Many power tool injuries could be prevented by taking some simple precautions, such as following the safety instructions and wearing protective equipment.”
Dr. Walters offers the following safety tips when working with power tools this summer:
The Botsford Health Care Continuum is an integrated system of care, which includes Botsford General Hospital, the Botsford Physician Network, Community Emergency Medical Service, the Botsford Continuing Care Corporation and the Botsford Center for Health Improvement. The Botsford site on the Internet is www.botsford.org.
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