Welding is an amazing process and art form. The high heat that welding produces makes it possible to bind metal together into unique functions. However, welding is also a dangerous process if the right precautions are not taken. Make sure that you stay safe while welding.

Cover Up Your Skin

When you weld, you should not have any or very minimally exposed skin. If a spark gets on your clothing, it can smother and burn you. Additionally, you are dealing with infrared rays and ultraviolet light when you are welding, which can be harmful to the skin as well.

When you weld, you should wear long sleeves and pants. You should have a welding apron on, as well as welding gloves that extend past your hands and up your arms to ensure that the flesh on your lower arm is not exposed.

You should also warp your head with a welding bandana, and wear a protective helmet with a face shield. When you weld, you really should not have any exposed skin at all if you have all the right protective equipment on.

Wear the Right Clothing

Next, you need to make sure that you are wearing the right clothing. Ideally, you want to be covered up with flame-resistant clothing as there is a high chance of exposure to sparks when you are welding. Common clothing material, such as denim and cotton, can easily catch fire.

Make sure that you have flame-resistant pants or shirt to wear. You can also wear a welding apron to cover up the front of you to protect you from flames. Most importantly, make sure that your gloves are flame resistant, as they will be the closest part of your body to the flames and the heat.

For shoes, wear leather shoes. They will protect your feet if any sparks fall on them. Avoid rubber and plastic shoes that could smolder and melt if sparks fall on them.

Keep the Air Clear

When you weld, keep in mind that the smokes and fumes that are expelled during the welding process are not good for your lungs. You don't want to breathe them in. Make sure that you are welding in a well-ventilated area. If you are working in a confined space, then you need to have an exhaust hood set-up to remove the fumes from the air to make sure that you can breathe in clean air.

You should also have a respirator on hand. Some materials that you work with require the use of a respirator to protect you from the fumes that are created when welding those materials. To learn more, contact a company like Northland Fastening Systems. 

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