Safety First

Welding can be a fun, challenging experience, but it can also be dangerous. Below are a few safety materials and precautions you should consider before you weld:

  1. Appropriate work space
  2. MIG welding can produce toxic gasses depending on the metal being welded. Make sure to work in a well-ventilated area.

  3. Helmet
  4. MIG welders give off an extremely bright light that will damage your eyes without protection. You will need an auto-dimming helmet that covers your entire head and provides some sort of UV shield.

  5. Sensible outerwear
  6. Sometimes, blobs of molten metal can spray out of a workspace during welding. To prevent serious burns, you must always wear a pair of leather welding gauntlets that extend up to your forearms. Long pants and long-sleeved shirts should also be worn. Be sure not to leave any gaps in your clothing, such as between your pants and work boots, where globs of metal could fall.

  7. Fire extinguisher
  8. Molten metal and grinding sparks can spray several feet, which is why you should always keep a CO2 fire extinguisher handy at all times. Flammable objects such as paper and even sawdust should be removed from your work area.

  9. Eye and ear protection
  10. When using a welder, grinder or drill, always be prepared with proper eye and ear protection. Invest in a pair of goggles with impact-resistant lenses. Any open spaces in your goggles can potentially let sparks in, so it is important to buy goggles that do not have direct air breathing holes.

These are some of the basic safety measures you should take when welding. Visit this welding safety web site for more information.