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    Puncture Wounds - Prevention

    To prevent puncture wounds, be sure to practice safety when using blunt or sharp objects.

    • Pay close attention to what you are doing.
    • If you become distracted, set the object aside until you can pay attention to what you are doing.
    • Know how to use the object properly.
    • Have good lighting so you can see what you are doing.
    • Wear gloves whenever possible to protect your hands.
    • Wear other safety gear, such as glasses or boots, as appropriate.
    • Hold a sharp object away from your body while using it.
    • Carry the object with the dangerous end away from you.
    • Shut the power off and use safety locks on your power tools when you are not using them.
    • Be very careful when using high-pressure equipment, such as staple guns or paint sprayers. Make sure your work area is clear of people and hazards that could interfere with the safe operation of the equipment.
    • Store dangerous objects in secure places away from children.
    • Teach children about safety, and be a good role model.
    • Do not use alcohol or drugs when you are handling sharp objects.

    Be sure to have a tetanus shot every 10 years.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: June 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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