Safety with tools is an important matter to consider when model railroading.  Safety glasses should be worn whenever materials are being cut or drilled.  Hobby knife blades and small drill bit tips break periodically and can easily fly into an eye.  Also, wear safety glasses when using motor tools, power saws or other power tools.  Furthermore, always position your fingers out of the way when cutting material (such as track boards, track scenery, rolling stock detailing, etc.).  Wearing a dust mask while sanding and grinding is also a good idea.  Sawdust and fine metal particulate will irritate the lungs, throat and nose.  Finally, wear earplugs when using loud power tools.  Following these simple safety tips will help you to ensure a safe railroading environment.

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