PVC Solvent Cement: Important Safety Precautions

PVC solvent cement can be your greatest ally or your worst nightmare. When you need to combine two pieces of PVC or protect the bond you need to use PVC solvent cement. The following information will help you to understand the safety precautions associated with using PVC solvent cement.

No Open Flames or Heat

PVC solvent cement is a very volatile product and very flammable in its liquid state. You also do not want to store it in areas of the home where there is excessive heat or fire like near pilot lights. Store the unused solvent in a dark and cool place.

Ventilation Required

Any kind of solvent can induce vomiting and dizziness as well as a very lethargic or slow feeling and PVC solvent cement is no different. Only use it in areas that are well ventilated and always wear a protective mask.

Gloves and Goggles

Getting PVC solvent cement on your hands can cause chemical burns, flaking skin and itchiness. Wash your skin with soap and water for 15 minutes. When using the solvent it is possible that it can squirt in your eyes. If this happens it can cause burning, itchiness and possible blindness. Always wear goggles when working with this solvent.