I never gamble with my safety when I am performing any type of welding. I usually ensure that I put on the right protective gear before starting any welding activity. One of the most important protective gears I use is a welding helmet especially when I am performing arc welding. Welding helmets not only prevents any arc eye, but also retina burns. Well, I will discuss the details of these two conditions another day.
Today, I have reviewed some of the best helmets that I do wear when I am undertaking all arc welding practices. All of the ones I have reviewed in this article are from a review website for online shopping for tools and gear. I could not help but try them myself after reading the many reviews that had been written by both professionals and actual users. As expected, they never disappointed me one bit.
FlipFront Hobart 770286-Welding Helmet
Just like the name suggests, the Hobart 770286 Flip Front Welding Helmet is fitted with flip front. Apart from the adjustable fit, this welding helmet has variable shades. Precisely, it has 10 shades that turn automatically. One of the many reasons why I like this helmet is its adjustable sensitivity. The view area of this helmet is 4½ x 2: W X H (inches).
With Hobart 770286 Flip Front Welding Helmet, I don’t have to buy each helmet for every type of welding project I have at hand because I can use it for a various types of welding exercises. When it is time to remove it from my head, I don’t have to struggle thanks to its practical flip front, which makes it very easy to remove.
Another reason why this helmet made it to my list of the best welding helmets is because it has been approved by all safety bodies including ANSI for steel construction project safety. After all, safety is always my priority when I am working. I give this product a rating of 3.7.
Auto Darkening Helmet – GLIME Solar
Built with very strong materials, GLIME Solar Auto Darkening Welding Helmet has a very high definition shielding filter. The helmet allows me to see the metal and welding condition very clearly when I am performing a welding exercise. I like the welding luminosity because it is not only soft, but also comfortable.
This welding helmet starts working the moment I start work. With its superior circuit design, all
the observing windows of this helmet darken immediately I strike the arc. The performance of this helmet is unbelievably high. It is light and soft, and I feel very comfortable when I wear it on my head during a welding session.
The solar cells perform admirably and its lithium battery lasts longer as compared to other welding helmets in its category. This product allows for adjustment for sensitivity as well as delay time. Furthermore, this helmet allows me to choose welding mode. I give this product a rating of 5.0.
Neiko 53847A Welding Helmet – Industrial Grade
Neiko 53847A Industrial Grade Welding Helmet is an industrial-grade product that is fitted with appropriate flip-up lens that are designed to provide maximum comfort and safety against infrared and ultraviolet light. This helmet is approved by ANSI, which means that I can wear it without worry about my safety.
Some of the best features that make this product one of my best welding helmets are that it is lightweight, includes a headband which I can always adjust to have the right fit, and 11 shade lenses that that allow me to view my welded objects clearly. Design to offer maximum comfort; I
don’t have a problem wearing this helmet for long hours. Based on its performance, features and
durability, I would rate this product at 4.2 out of 5. It is also highly reviewed on weldinghelmets.reviews.
Lincoln Electric VIKING 3350
Made for welders who take safety and utility seriously, Lincoln Electric VIKING 3350 Black Welding helmet has best quality lens and very large viewing port. This product can withstand many kinds of abuse in the welding site.
Furthermore, it is the best helmet for professional use. This helmet is suitable for welding projects that need precision because its lens offers the best clarity as well as a variety of vision. This therefore means that lifting the helmet to allow me to clearly see my welding is not necessary. Out of 5, my rating for this welding helmet is 4.7.
I love welding and I believe that I have honed my skill over the time I have been doing it. Of course, there are many reasons why I am successful in this field. Safety at my workshop is the number one priority. This is not something that I take for granted at all. I take deliberate steps every morning to make sure that my working environment is safe, clean and as free of risk as possible.
Here are some of the general safety tips I do observe to ensure safety when I am working on metals.
- I keep appropriate fire extinguisher at a strategic position at any time I am cutting or welding metals. Before I start working, I usually test the fire extinguisher to ensure that it is operable.
- I never allow any unauthorized persons to touch any of my cutting and welding equipments. In this way, I ensure their safety, but they hardly see it that way. They think I am mean.
- Before I start working on metals, I must warn any person in close proximity. I do insist that anyone who is not protected must wear proper goggles, clothing and shoes.
- Before I start welding metals, I must remove any flammable material that might be present near the working place. Some of the most flammable materials usually present are gasoline, oil and cotton among others.
- If I have to weld metals in a building that has wooden floors, I must first ensure that these floors are safe and protected from the hot metal. Otherwise, I can never weld in such a building. Some of the materials that I widely use to protect wooden floors include sand, fire resistant fabric, or any other flameproof materials. Furthermore, I take measures to ensure that there is no hot metal or hot sparks that fall on my welding equipment or on the operator components.
- When I have completed my welding operations, I have to mark any hot metal. In most cases, I use soapstone to do the marking.
- Hot electrode stubs that I have rejected during the welding operation may cause fire. Therefore, I never leave them on the floor.
- After I am done with my welding exercise, I usually remove all the tools and steel scrap nearby my welding equipment or on the floor. Otherwise, they might cause accidents.
- During all my welding operations, I wear protective clothing as well as equipment. These gears protect me from electric arc, which is an extremely powerful light source. I include infrared light, ultraviolet and visible light.
- To protect my eyes from glare, heat and any other flying wreckage of hot metals, I wear safety goggles especially during any oxyacetylene welding or even cutting processes. Still on the protective gear and clothing, I do wear hand shield and a badass welding helmet, which is equipped with an appropriate filter glass for protection against any intense infrared and ultraviolet rays. When I am undertaking any electric welding operation, I must insist that the area I screened to ensure that the arc is not seen whatsoever.
- I inspect my shield to ensure that it is effective. Otherwise, penetrating rays coming from the
arc might pass through and cause burns.
I have handled some of my sick relatives, a few with terminal illnesses. Yes, I sometimes found it hard to figure out what to do for an ill family member. It reached a time when I was desperate for an external support. Fortunately, some of my friends and volunteers offered to help me. Of course, I never asked them for it despite the fact that it was necessary. I don’t think I will ever be able to thank them enough for the support they offered. However, I have decided to thank them in a special way – by helping people with sick family member.
I want to spread the goodness that these people started to the rest of the world in my own simple way. In this article, I have discussed how I do help those people with sick family members.
I start by asking people taking care of family members if they want any help. If they say yes, I go
ahead and ask them to be specific and tell me what kind of help they might want. In my opinion,
this is a direct way to give a helping hand to people because it ensures that I offer just the kind of
assistance that people actually need. Furthermore, it helps me avoid stepping on anyone’s toes.
It should be noted that I never get bored when people turn my offer away. This is because not everyone with a sick family member wants assistance from an outsider. Sitting with patient is another way of helping people with sick family members. In this way, I offer home caregivers an opportunity to take a break. This also allows someone taking care of a sick family member to go pick up essentials such as clothes and any other supplies that he or she would want to bring to the patient. Again, it gives way for someone to communicate with the rest of the family members.
I use my experience to help people with sick family members. If I have experienced a given condition that someone is experiencing, I usually tell them in a gentle way that I have been through the same events and I am willing to offer them advice based on my experiences.
However, I am always careful not to force this offer down on anyone. If I am happy that I pursued a certain line of treatment, I do recommend it immediately. When I decide to offer assistance to someone taking care of a sick family member, I never stop helping despite the period a terminal patient takes to depart this life. Of course, this can sometimes be very hard. I don’t think its right to commit myself to offer an assistance only to withdraw my support after sometimes.
In the event that my help is not needed at the moment, I always make it known to whoever I wanted to assist that my support will still be available in future. I know that when a problem such as terminal illness hits a family member, many people would be willing to help. However, a person offering assistance might withdraw for various reasons and this is where I come in.