Safety while welding

On the most important aspects of welding today is safety. This is most important in case of amateur welding. Amateur welders are those that do not practice welding as a profession but rather as a hobby. These welders need to take the most care as most of the times; they are operating from their garage or their back yard. There are a few things that you should always have when welding. Insulated gloves are a must. This protects you hand when you are holding the welding torch. The next are the insulated shoes. This does not let your body conduct electricity in case there is a shock or a short circuit. The next most important thing is the shield through which you look at the welding spark. This will protect your eyes from looking directly at the welding spark. This will also ensure that you can weld safely and prevent all kinds of accidents.


Even cleanup of welds with a grinder creates sparks that can start a fire. I have a 2.5 car garage that you can't fit a matchbox car in right now, but I still weld there. The key is to minimize the risk and take necessary precautions. Things like opening the door so that fumes from the gas cans can get out. Sweeping up sawdust as well as you can. (Actually, sawdust is really an item that needs to be cleaned up well, as it is very flammable and spreads quickly.) Having a fire extinguisher (or more) nearby is a good idea in any garage, even if you aren't welding. Try to aim sparks away from flammable items. One of the things I do is to clear out an area to weld in. Then put up some sort of "dam" to stop sparks traveling across the floor from getting out of that google street view area. It still happens, but not as much. If you sense that sparks have gone where they shouldn't, stop and check it out. Probably most importantly is to stick around for 15-20 minutes after any hotwork or grinding to make sure that nothing under a bench or in the corner has started smouldering.