Safety Tips For Welding At Home

Welding is a dangerous activity, particularly if it is taken up at home. However, through wearing proper protective clothing, ensuring that your environment is suitable for welding and investing in advanced equipment such as the welding positioner, welders can reduce the danger to themselves and their family.

Take Fire Safety Precautions

One of the biggest risks associated with welding is fire – if proper precautions are not taken the open flames could easily result in an out of control blaze.

It’s vital that you always have a fire extinguisher close by, and if at all possible have two (better safe than sorry). It’s also equally important that all walls which surround the area are fireproof or flame retardant.

The workspace you use should additionally be large and uncluttered. This is a common mistake that people make when choosing to weld at home and cluttered rooms are in fact one of the biggest fire hazards there is. Not only is it easy for an item near to the welding area to catch alight but it is also very easy for the fire to spread should many items be in close contact with each other.

Fire safety is in addition, such an important matter for those who choose to partake in welding at home because of the difficulty in actually noticing should a fire start. The noise, helmets and clothing make it highly unlikely a welder will notice anything untoward has happened until it is almost too late, meaning that every care should be taken to prevent a fire occurring.

Invest In A Welding Positioner

A welding positioner can be an extremely valuable piece of equipment to all welders, whether at home or for commercial purposes. Not only can the welding positioner significantly increase the rate and accuracy at which a person is able to weld, but it can also make the whole process much safer.

The welding positioner is able to grip onto a joint or valve, giving the welder more freedom of movement as well as the ability to keep the weld puddle in the joint. This makes the welder considerably safer since they are more able to concentrate on other things, such as their surroundings, making it less likely for a dangerous accident to occur.

Wear Proper Clothing

Hopefully it should be obvious that welders should always wear proper protective gear. This entails leather gloves as well as specially made long sleeved jackets in addition to of course, welding helmets affixed with dark face plates in order to protect eyes from the bright lights of the flames.

Without proper clothing you are putting your health, safety and eyesight in danger and it simply is not worth the risk.

Weld Away From Your Home

Welding can result in the production of toxic fumes, which can be harmful to the welder, but particularly to others that are not wearing the correct protective equipment.

Because of this, the location a person chooses to employ in order to weld is vital. A garage is good but an outbuilding within the garden is even better.

Even for a person who lives alone, it is still not recommended that they use a primary section of their home for welding – partly because it is likely that there will be many potential fire hazards located within the room, but also because the fumes will linger long after the welding has ceased, putting everyone within that room at risk.

 

This article was written by Amy Fowler on behalf of Westermans International. Amy writes on a variety of topics including welding equipment such as the welding positioner.

 

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