19. Safety Tips
Work in a well ventilated area.
Tie back long hair.
Avoid loose clothing.
Wear natural fibers such as cotton, flannel or silk. Avoid acrylic, nylon, spandex and other synthetic fabrics, which may be flammable.
Protective eye wear is always recommended when working with metal and heat. The lenses should not be tinted. It is important to see the flame and color changes in fine silver to fuse it properly.
Use general fire safety when using a torch. Have a fire extinguisher handy, know how to use it and plan an escape route in case of a fire.
Set up a work station with a heat-resistant surface protecting your table or work bench. Place the fire brick on top of that surface. Either a stainless steel sheet or a Solderite™ mat would be an ideal heat-resistant surface.
Torches may occasionally flare and spit gas when it is turned on. If this happens, turn the torch off. This could mean there was residual gas after filling the tank. Let the torch sit for a good 5 minutes after refilling. If the problem persists, the torch may be defective.
Do not walk away from a lit torch. Always turn it off first.
Do not reach in front of the torch. The heat from the flame extends beyond the visible flame, so be sure you have at least a one-foot clearance in front of the flame.
The metal of the torch will get very hot after use – avoid contact.
Store your torch in an upright position. Storing it lying down could cause a gas leak.
The Transportation Security Administration prohibits traveling with a butane torch or butane fuel.