Guillotine paper cutters are handy tools to use when you need to cleanly cut a good amount of paper at once. However, using one of these cutters can be dangerous if you’re not careful. Here are a few ways you can stay safe while cutting:
- Don’t rush. When you use your cutter, don’t be in a rush to finish the job. If you’re in a hurry, you’re more likely to be careless which can lead to injury. So pay attention to what you’re doing.
- Use the blade latch. Your paper cutter probably has a blade latch. This feature keeps the blade locked in the “down” position when not in use. Make sure you take advantage of this feature.
- Keep your fingers away from the blade. It’s important to keep your hands and fingers as far away from the blade as possible. Some cutters have finger guards. If your cutter does, don’t remove it. It’s there to keep you safe.
If you don’t have a guillotine cutter yet, you should make sure the one you choose has a blade latch, finger guard, and tension spring. (The spring prevents the blade from flying up and/or crashing down.) Don’t buy a cutter that lacks these features. It’s just asking for trouble.
It’s easy to stay safe when using a guillotine cutter. Just follow the tips listed in this blog post and you should be able to enjoy safe cutting. Good luck!