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Fires and explosions in welding: risks and preventive measures

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The most common causes for fire and explosion risks that a worker 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 detachment, in oxicut operations in enclosed spaces.

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

  • Collective protection: Use of fire blankets for welding protection to avoid sparks falling over combustible materials.
  • 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 of care before, during and after the job, revising after the welding operation to see if there are no spark incandescent particles that could start a fire.

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Texfire offers a flame retardant range oriented to welding protection that includes:

1. Fire blankets, in three levels of protection, according to temperature, distance and welding technique worked.

2. Welding protection screens.

3. Flame retardant accessories for individual protection, like:

  • Flame retardant welder bandana.
  • Apron for welders.
  • Pillow for welders, flame retardant, impermeable and slip-resistant thought to ease welders a higher comfort when working in uncomfortable positions.

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