WARNING: WHEN USING WELDING AND CUTTING OXY ACETYLENE TORCHES, BASIC SAFETY PRECAUTIONS MUST ALWAYS BE FOLLOWED TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR PERSONAL INJURY.
BE SURE TO CAREFULLY READ AND FOLLOW THE SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS LOCATED ON THE FIRST PAGE OF THE TORCH OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS AND THIS WEB PAGE.
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General Gas Welding and Cutting Safety Information:
1. Wear protective attire. Always wear welding goggles to protect eyes from sparks and light rays. Use appropriate gloves and wear protective clothing. Watch for sparks in cuffs. Do not wear oily gloves.
2. Handle cylinders with care. Chain or otherwise secure cylinders to a permanent fixture. Take care when moving. To transport cylinders, remove regulators and replace with valve cap. Never use any cylinders in other than an upright position.
3. Use "good housekeeping" in work areas. Keep sparks and flame away from combustibles. Prepare your work area before welding and cutting.
4. Do not oil or grease equipment. The equipment does not require lubrication. Oil or grease is easily ignited and burns violently in presence of oxygen.
5. "Crack" cylinder valve before installing regulator. Open valve slightly and then close. This will clear valve of dust and dirt which may be carried to the regulator and cause damage or accident. Do not discharge flow of gas at any person or flammable material.
6. Use Check Valves. Check valves must be fitted to the torch hand place to prevent back flow of gasses. Test check for correct function frequently, at least every six months or in the event of a flashback or backfire. It is recommended that flash back arrestors be installed between the hose and regulator.
7. Be sure all connections are tight. Do not force connections. Never test for leaks with flame. Use and approved bubble solution to check for leaks.
8. Purge Oxygen and Fuel gas passages separately before lighting torch. This will aid in preventing improper mixed of gases.
9. Use recommended pressure settings. Improper pressures are wasteful. Extreme pressure build-up in regulators is warning they need repair or replacement.
10. Never use oxygen to blow off work clothing. Oxygen supports combustion, spark can ignite oxygen-saturated clothing.
11. Purge system after use. When shutting down; close cylinder valves then bleed system by emptying both hoses independently. First, open torch oxygen "OX" needle valve, drain line until pressure is zero, and then close oxygen needle valve. Repeat process with torch fuel "GAS" needle valve.
12. Do not work with damaged or leaking equipment. Use an approved bubble solution when checking for leaks.Do not use frayed or damaged hose. Never use torch as a hammer or to knock slag from work.
13. Handle equipment with care. Continued good service and your safety depend on it.
14. Keep work area well ventilated. Flammable materials burn violently in an oxygen enriched atmosphere. Flames and glowing materials (smoking) must be avoided. See American National Standard Z49.1 paragraph 8.1.2. (link)
15. When working with acetylene, never use at pressures over 15 PSIG (pounds per square in gauge).
16. Do not force connections and threads. The difference are intentional for various gases.