While welding coveralls are a great option to keep you safe while you’re welding, they are not the only, or even in some cases the best, option out there.
No one should be welding in a t-shirt and shorts. That’s just an open invitation for sparks to get between your body and your clothing, causing you to do the ‘spark dance’. However, depending on where, and how you are welding, there is a variety of safety gear, including welding coveralls, that can keep you safe from the dangers of welding.
Dangers of welding
Sparks are the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the dangers associated with welding, but they certainly aren’t the only dangers. One of the main dangers, which has nothing to do with sparks, are UV rays. Just like the sun’s rays can burn your skin and, over time, give you skin cancer, the light from welding can as well.
The sparks from your welding pose two dangers: falling onto your skin and burning you directly and falling on to a piece of clothing made from synthetic fibre which can melt and cause worse burns.
Your protection options
The most important thing when welding is to cover up in non-synthetic clothing. Whether your choice of protection is a full leather welding jacket, or a long-sleeved cotton shirt depends on your welding.
Depending on your position (i.e. under a car) and type of welding, you can choose from a variety of protection options, including:
- Welding jacket (leather or cotton)
- Heavy cotton clothing
- Welding sleeves
Keeping you protected
Welding doesn’t have to be painful – not with the right equipment. Keep in mind the dangers you face when welding, and your protection options, and you can weld burn free.
Find the right equipment to protect you from sparks and burns online, or at our store.