Best Welding Safety Tips

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.

  1. 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. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. When I have completed my welding operations, I have to mark any hot metal. In most cases, I use soapstone to do the marking.
  7. Hot electrode stubs that I have rejected during the welding operation may cause fire.  Therefore, I never leave them on the floor.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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. 
  11. I inspect my shield to ensure that it is effective. Otherwise, penetrating rays coming from the

arc might pass through and cause burns.

Guest Post: How to Help People with Sick Family Members

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.