Fires and explosions in welding: risks and preventive measures

The most common causes for fire and explosion risks that an operary could be subjected during welding jobs, could be:

  • Welding sparks projections
  • Electric arc inherent from welding process
  • Manipulation and/or gas leaks (acetylene, oxygen, methane, propane, butane, hydrogen, etc.)
  • Incorrect use of welding torches or any equipment, like pressure cuffs (compressors, etc)
  • Serious risk of non-consumed oxygen detatchment, in oxicut operations in enclosed spaces

Thus, it is necessary to have means to prevent and avoid risks and disasters, like:

  • Colective protection: Use of fire blankets for welding protection to avoid sparks falling over combustible materials.Th
  • Third party protection: Use of protection screens and welding curtains to isolate and create working spaces safer and to protect third parties against this risk.
  • Environment protection: Powder extinguishers and fire blankets, have their application in case of fires as active elements against fire.
  • Cleansing maintenance:  this is an aspect to care before, during and after the job, revising after the welding operation to see if there are not spark incandescent particles that could start a fire.

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