Soldering Safety Checklist
SOLDERING SAFETY CHECKLIST
It's crucial that you have one sitting in a space where it's easy to grab. Make sure you know how to use it, and make sure you have it serviced regularly.
TIE YOUR HAIR BACK
Tie back those long gorgeous locks. We don't need those in your eyes (or in the fire) when working with a torch.
WEAR NATURAL FIBER CLOTHING
If you get hot metal on you, natural fibers will burn but they won't melt. Melted fabric on your skin is a big yucky bummer.
WELL VENTILATE ROOM
Make sure your room has an open window, exhaust hood, smoke/fume absorber and/or a way for the air to flow and preferable flow out of the room. Placing a fan by the window so it blows the air out, is a great way to ventilate the room.
CLEAN WORK SURFACE
Make sure there is nothing flammable on your work surface. No paper, tissues, steel wool etc. Make sure your table is covered with a non-combustable surface like a cookie sheet or a piece of sheet metal.
LOCK UP THE PETS AND KIDS 😉
Make sure someone who might distract you is settled somewhere else.
PRACTICE TURNING YOUR TORCH ON AND OFF A FEW TIMES BEFORE BEGINNING
Practice operating your torch so it becomes seamless, quick and easy.