Follow these precautions to assure maximum enjoyment and safety in reloading and uniform performance of your reloads. Remember you can suffer severe burns, be badly injured, or killed if the strictest safety precautions and housekeeping rules are not enforced. 1. Exercise care at all times. Wear safety glasses while reloading. 2. Never smoke while handling powder or primers or during any reloading operation. 3. Keep powder and primers away from heat, sparks and open flames. 4. Store powder in a cool, dry place at all times. 5. Never use a powder unless you are certain of its identity. -Always read warnings on powder and component container labels. -Always read and understand the instruction manual for your reloading machine/tools. -Always reload in strict compliance with instructions in current reloading manuals. 6. Do not mix powders. 7. Devote full attention to reloading operations. Avoid distractions. Combining a social visit and reloading is hazardous. 8. Keep powder and primers out of reach of children. 9. Use components as recommended. Don't take shortcuts. 10. Never exceed maximum recommended loads. 11. Examine every shell or cartridge before loading to insure good condition. 12. Double-check every operation for safety and uniformity. 13. Check powder charge level in shells to avoid double-charges. 14. On centerfire loads, start with charge weights 10% below recommended maximum loads, unless otherwise stated in the reloading manual. 15. Always watch for indications of excessive pressure. 16. Do not decap live primers. Destroy them first by firing the empty shell or cartridge in a firearm. 17. Do not substitute components, except bullets of the same type and weight from reputable manufacturers. It could result in a significant change in ballistics, and unsatisfactory or even dangerous load. 18. Observe all local fire regulations and codes with respect to quantities of powders and primers stored and conditions of storage. 19. Store powder in its original container. Never transfer it from one storage container to another since this increases the possibility of becoming mislabeled. 20. Never substitute smokeless powder for black powder or Pyrodex. Never mix smokeless powder and black or Pyrodex powder. 21. Label components and reloads for easy identification. Do not rely on memory. 22. Never reload during times of emotional stress or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Do not reload when judgment is impaired.