General Safety Rules; Safety Instructions - Black & Decker GST33 Instruction Manual

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first contact your local Black & Decker office
or nearest authorized service center.


Warning! Read and understand all instructions. Failure
to follow all instructions listed below, may result in fire and/
or serious personal injury.
Warning! When using electric gardening appliances,
basic safety precautions should always be followed to
reduce risk of fire, electric shock, and personal injury.
Safety Guidelines/Definitions
It is important for you to read and understand this manual.
The information it contains relates to protecting Your
Safety and Preventing Problems. The symbols below
are used to help you recognize this information.
Danger! Indicates an imminently hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.
Atention! Indicates a potentially hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
Warning! Indicates a potentially hazardous situation
which, if not avoided, may result in minor or moderate injury.
Warning! Used without the safety alert symbol
indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, may result in property damage.


General Power Tool Safety Warnings.
Warning! Read all safety warnings and all
instructions. Failure to follow the warnings and instructions
listed below may result fire and/or serious injury.
Save all warnings and instructions for future reference.
The term used in the warnings listed below refers to the
tool powered by fuel.
1. Work area safety
a. Keep work area clean and well lit. Cluttered and
dark areas invite accidents.
b. Do not operate power tools in explosive atmospheres,
such as in the presence of flammable liquids,
gases or dust. Power tools create sparks which may
ignite the dust or fumes.
c. Keep children and bystanders away while
operating a power tool. Distractions can cause you
to lose control.
d. Do not mix fuel in an enclosed room or near open
flames. Assure adequate ventilation.
e. Never start or run the engage inside a closed room or
building. Fumes from the exhaust contain dangerous
carbon monoxide.
Never leeave the machine unattended.
2. Personal safety
a. Stay alert, watch what you are doing and use
common sense when operating a power tool. Do
not use a power tool while you are tired or under
the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication. A
moment of inattention while operating power tools
may result in serious personal injury.
b. Utilice equipos de protección personal.
Lleve siempre protección ocular, respiratoria
y auditiva. Los equipos de protección tales como
una mascarilla antipolvo, zapatos de seguridad
con suela antideslizante, casco o protectores
auditivos, utilizados en condiciones adecuadas,
contribuyen a reducir las lesiones personales.
b. Use personal protective equipment. Always wear
eye protection. Protective equipment such as dust
mask, non-skid safety shoes, hard hat, or hearing
protection used for appropriate conditions will reduce
personal injuries.
c. Prevent unintentional starting. Ensure the switch
is in the off-position before connecting to power
source and/or battery pack, picking up or carrying
the tool. Carrying power tools with your finger on the
switch or energising power tools that have the switch
on invites accidents.
e. If devices are provided for the connection of dust
extraction and collection facilities, ensure these are
connected and properly used. Use of these devices
can reduce dust related hazards.
Do not use any attachment with this power head
other than the ones recommended by Black & Decker.
Serious injury to the operator or bystanders could
result as well as damage to the machine.
g. Never attempt to make engine adjustments while
the unit is running and strapped to the operator.
Always make engine adjustments with the unit resting
on a flat, clear surface.
h. Do not touch area around the muffler or cylinder
of the unit; these parts get hot from operation.
It is belived that a condition called "Raynaud's
Phenomenon", which affects the fingers of certein
individuals may be brought about by exposure to
vibration and cold. Exposure to vibration and cold
may cause tingling and burning sensations folowed
by loss of color and numbness in the fingers. The
following precautions are strongly recommended
because the minimum exposure which might trigger
the ailment is unknown.
Keep you body warm, especially the head, neck,
feet, ankles, hands and wrists.
k. Maintain good blood circulation by performing

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