8 Soldering Gun Safety Tips

A soldering gun is an ordinary, everyday tool useful in home improvement projects, craft projects, car repair, metalworks and electronic repair. A soldering gun melds various types of metal together such as copper and tin. It uses soft iron as filler metals that melts in temperatures of up to 700 degrees Fahrenheit. You must be careful when handling a soldering gun to avoid unnecessary mishaps. Below are 8 tips on how to handle a soldering gun.

Tip 1 - Use a Fire-Resistance Surface

There are special mats specifically for soldering purposes that you can purchase at your local hardware store. Soldering mats are heat-resistant, made of durable rubber that can easily be rolled for safekeeping. You can also use a plasterboard to avoid common soldering accidents such as burnt carpets and melted plastics. 

Tip 2 - Solder in a Ventilated Area

Soldering in a ventilated area will prevent exposing your lungs to the noxious fumes that a melting soldering iron gives off. Open the windows of your workplace for good air circulation, and always use a protective mask if you have one available. Do not position your head directly where you are soldering, but to the side instead.

Tip 3 - Use a Reliable Soldering Iron

Make sure that the soldering iron that you are using is reliable. Check the electrical cords for open wiring. Never use a soldering gun with frayed electrical chords. Check the soldering iron for any compromised parts if you are using a soldering iron that has been stored for a long time.

Since the soldering iron is an electrical equipment, never attempt to repair it by yourself if you do not have a background in electrical. Soldering irons are relatively cheap and buying a new one rather than attempting to repair a damaged soldering iron is a wiser choice.

Tip 4 - Always Treat a Soldering Gun as Hot

Whenever you are using a soldering gun, always treat it as having a hot iron. Always grab the soldering gun on its handle, never the exposed metal parts. A lot of accidental burning via soldering gun is due to incorrect handling. 

Tip 5 - Do Not Leave Your Soldering Iron Plugged

Always unplug the soldering iron. Even if you are just going out to grab a drink or answer a phone call, never leave the soldering gun plugged and unattended for any amount of time. Unplug the soldering gun right after you no longer need to use it.

Tip 6 - Wear Protective Gears

Wear heat-resistant gloves when handling a soldering gun to avoid accidental burns. When working with small objects, use long-nose pliers to avoid accidentally touching the hot iron of the soldering gun with your fingers.

Tip 7 - Use an Iron Stand

An iron stand secures the soldering gun whenever you need to set it down. Never put the soldering gun anywhere on top of the table as it could damage the table.

Tip 8 - Do Not Overload the Outlet

Plug your soldering gun in an outlet separate from other electrical devices that you are using. Never plug the soldering gun together with other power tools. Overload outlets are one of the most common causes of home fires.