Safety Tips for Gas Welding
Storage and Handling
• After finishing gas welding, Always keep gas and oxygen cylinders with minimum
of 20 feet distance between them. Or, divide them with a right firewall.
• As the cylinders can caught fire easily, keep the flammable and combustible
materials away from cylinders.
• Store cylinders away from physical injure, heat, and tampering.
• Always maintain cylinders in an upright position. If possible, Chain them steadily
to keep them from falling over.
• Ensure that the cylinder valves has been closed or not before moving.
• Defending caps or regulators should be kept in place.
• Roll cylinders on bottom edges to move it from one place to another place. Do
not pull it.
• Try to reduce cylinder movement as much as possible, while transporting it.
General Gas Welding Safety Tips
• To lift up gas cylinders, use the equipments that are designed for lifting it. Do not
use any other tools for lifting it.
• Check torches and clean only with the suitable tools.
• Blow-back protection torches must be used while welding.
• Always keep an eye on the equipments and ensure any leakages at all
connections. This can be done by using an approved leak-test solution.
• Inspect hoses for leaks and worn places.
• Replace bad hoses at regular intervals.
• Keep fire extinguishers easily reachable places, at the welding site.
• Keep away hoses and cylinders from sparks, flames, and hot metal as the sparks
create holes on it.
• To fire the flame in welder, always use a flint lighter.
• Stand to the side when opening cylinder valves.
• Use two-stage regulators whenever feasible.
• When using a single-stage regulator, open cylinder valves very slowly. This keeps
rapid high pressures from exploding the regulators.
• When using a single-stage regulator, only open the acetylene cylinder valve 1/4
to 3/4 turn.
• Leave the wrench in place. By doing so, you can close the cylinder quickly in case
of any emergency.
• Open and light acetylene first. Then open and adjust oxygen to a neutral flame.
• When shutting off the torch, first you have to close the acetylene torch valve.
You might hear a pop as the oxygen blows out the flame, but the flame will not
burn up the acetylene line.
• When you done:
o Close cylinder valves.
o Bleed the lines to take pressure off regulators.
o Carefully coil hoses.
o Restore equipment.
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