Here are more things to remember to keep you safe while using your power saws.
When cutting, make sure hands, legs, feet, etc. are well out of the way. Sounds obvious, but make a conscious effort to do it. This gets back to concentrating all the time.
Clean up as you go. Sawdust, scraps and cords can trip you up, or give you a slip. We even heard of one guy who had fine airborne sawdust ignite from a spark in a power tool.
Use a sharp blade. Unplug the saw before changing blades. When attaching the blade, Skil recommends tightening the nut, and then backing it off very slightly, to allow the blade to slip should it bind. This should prevent kickback: a dangerous situation in which the saw suddenly ejects the wood or sends the saw in the opposite direction of the cut.
Make sure the blade guard works, and slides easily into position.
In most cases, the saw should have a 3-prong plug. Never break off the third prong to fit into a 2 pronged extension cord.
If you’re using a table saw, chop saw or radial arm saw, make sure you can shut it off quickly and easily, preferably without letting go of the wood. A shut-off bar you can “hip check” or a foot switch are good safety measures.
When ripping with a table saw, don’t stand directly behind the wood you’re running through. Kickback here could be more than painful.
Keep the top of a table saw, and the area around the blade clear of debris which might stall the wood as you push it through.
Unplug your saw when you’re not using it.