Tips for Safer MIG Welding Services

by | Aug 24, 2017 | Metal Fabricator

MIG welding is not a difficult process, and it’s one of the most effective ways to weld a lot of materials. However, since you are working with high heat and electricity, the chances for injury increases dramatically. Here are some helpful tips to improve your MIG welding services safety. They are not expensive, time-consuming, nor difficult.

Wire Changing

A MIG gun uses a continuously fed wire electrode for bonding and eventually, you’ll have to replace the wire. It takes a little more time, but it’s important to turn the power off to the welder before making any changes or adjustments.

If you keep the power on, the gun could slip from your hands and accidentally come on. This could easily burn you as you’re holding the wire. When the power is off, you won’t have this problem, and you will not have to worry about getting shocked from working with sweaty hands.

Using the MIG Gun

There may be times (when you’re performing welding services) that you have to set the gun down and do something else. When you set the gun down, make sure that the trigger can’t get accidentally depressed. This could release a lot of hot wire that could become a fire hazards under the right conditions.

As soon as you stop welding, there may be a small droplet of hot material on the end of the gun. Make sure to be careful setting it down and don’t touch it with your glove.

The Importance of Adequate Ventilation

MIG welding services use shielding gas, and it can become a hazard if the area is not properly ventilated. The gas is heavier than air and can fill a space quickly, replacing oxygen. If a welder suddenly gets extremely tired, he needs to stop immediately and get fresh air. This can prevent serious issues like passing out or suffocating.

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