Before you undertake any Gas Welding and Welding Gas there are several safety factors to consider for the safe use and storage.
Taking precaution and getting the correct information on the storage and usage of Gas Welding and Welding Gas will go along in protect us. There would be no accidents, explosions and fires.
One cannot emphasis the importance of safe storage of cylinders. All cylinders must be stored in a dry, protected and well-ventilated area in an upright position. It goes without saying that they should be secured and fastened. While making this storage arrangement also make sure that they are placed at least 20 feet from any combustibles, sparks, excessive heat and open flames. It is not a good policy to store cylinders near stairways, elevators or shafts.
If you have placed the Acetylene cylinders its side and just set it upright before usage, then it would be prudent to wait for sometime as it takes some time for the system to re-equilibrate. The acetone is needed to drain out of the dip tube in the valve. Incase you start to Gas Welding and Welding Gas immediately then you would notice that the weld will be high in carbon due to the acetone. Also do not weld with the cylinder on lying sideways, as you may get "spitting".
It goes without saying that all cylinders should be capped if not connected for use Gas Welding and Welding Gas. Ensure that all cylinders are lashed or chained when connected for use. Also clearly mark all cylinders to identify the contents or it if it is empty. Incase the cylinders are empty close the valves and replace the caps securely. Also avoid placing these empty cylinders near an electrical circuit, where they can become a part if it.
Another consideration that you need to undertake during Gas Welding and Welding Gas is the regulators, as they are delicate and must be handled carefully. It would not be prudent to sue pliers or pipe wrench to attach them or pound valves equipped with wheels to open or close them. Repaired immediately any creeping regulators. Never use oil, grease or a similar substance on torches or regulators, because in the presence of oxygen they may burn, or if ignited, explode.
Another safety tip could be color-coded your hoses to avoid using the wrong hose. Check for any hoses with leaks, worn spots or burns and replace them immediately. To test a hose for leaks just immerse it in tap water or grease-free soapy water. Repairing hoses with tape in not a good solution.
Before you hookup always ensure that the cylinders outlets are pointing away from each other. This helps avoid accidents caused by improper mixtures in case a leak occurs.
The person facing directly at the flame should wear eye protection with dark lenses. If you are going to be near a torch then you require a hood to protect against slag. It is not surprising that flash burns are the most common injury associated with welding. This is because the welders are exposed to ultraviolet light and can also affect anyone else near the welder.