6 Precautions to Take While Soldering
Soldering is a technique used in electronics to join two metal pieces, typically with heat. Soldering can be dangerous if safety precautions are not taken. To avoid injury, always take these six precautions when soldering:
1. Face mask
Always wear a face mask while soldering. Though most of the fabrication shops in Bangalore will provide you with it, but if your shop does not then always remember to carry one along with you. This will keep you safe from all that smoke and fumes which come out while soldering.
2. Always make sure your ventilation is proper
If your workspace has all the required ventilation equipment in place, then always remember to use them while soldering. This will keep you away from all that smoke that is generated while soldering. If there are no proper dust extractors or ventilation in place, then it would be wise to do your soldering outside the workshop. Else use a solder fume extractor.
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3. Always wear cotton clothes
Wear cotton clothes while soldering as those synthetic clothes will always create a lot of problems for you. The fumes from the solder would stick to those clothes and can cause serious damage to your skin. You should also try to stay away from denim shirts as they would simply catch the sparks that come out during soldering.
4. You should always carry a small fire extinguisher
You never know when the need to put out a fire may arise, so it is always wise to keep your personal safety in mind and carry an extinguisher with you while soldering. If any accident occurs, then you would be able to deal with the problem quickly than otherwise.
5. Never use your shirt as a glove
While running from one place to another carrying hot things, many of us have the habit of putting our sweaty shirts on top of that stuff to keep them from burning or melting. This is a very dangerous practice, and you should always avoid it.
6. Don’t solder if you are drunk
Don’t ever attempt to solder while you are drunk. If the fumes don’t hit, you on your face then the iron would do so. So, always remember before starting soldering if you have consumed even a bit of alcohol.
Get the right solder and tools. Use a low-temperature soldering iron (or pencil tip) to prevent damage from heat, use proper ventilation to avoid breathing in fumes, wear safety goggles or glasses as well as an anti-static wrist strap when you work on electronics; keep your hands clean with soap and water before and after using any chemicals such as flux remover ̶ all these precautions will go a long way toward ensuring that you can Solder safely!