Paper Shredder Safety Tips

Phenomenal advancements have been made in paper shredder safety over the past 10 years. Blades have been recessed, making them harder to reach, and other manufacturers have even implemented “touch” technology that turns shredders off when fingers are detected around the throat of the shredder. Even with all these safety features, there are still a few good tips you can follow to make shredding even safer.

To begin with, I don’t care how safe the shredder is, I recommend keeping shredders away from children and animals. Even with all the safety measures in place, paper shredders are still essentially sharp blades powered by a motor. Children, and many pets for that matter, seem to find a way to get hurt by even the safest things.

Be careful with necklaces and jewelry. Many necklace chains are thin enough, and with a little assistance from gravity, that they can quickly slip through a paper shredder throat and get pulled into the blades. Either make sure jewelry is secured or removed.

Long hair can also be a little bit of a hazard. When feeding paper into a shredder, long hair can quickly fall forward over shoulders and become entangled in paper shredder blades. I can’t think of anything worse than getting your hair pulled into a shredder. Please be sure to keep your hair pulled back when operating a shredder.

Be careful with loose clothing and especially neckties. Clothing, even more so than jewelry and long hair, can cause bodily harm. A necktie, when lodged into a fast shredder, can quickly cause a perilous situation.

When clearing a paper jam, be careful when your hands are around the blades, especially when accessing a shredder from underneath. Always make sure that the shredder is unplugged when accessing the underside of a paper shredder head.

Always familiarize yourself with the shredder you are using before operating it. Get to know where the controls are and how they work. First and foremost, make sure you know how to turn the shredder off.

Again, paper shredders are very safe machines. A lot of these safety tips are based on common sense.

If you are in the market for a new shredder, we offer a great selection of paper shredders here. Feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions. Our knowledgeable representatives can help point you towards reliable, durable and safe paper shredders.

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