When completing plumbing tasks often a plumber will use a blowtorch to seal plumbing joints. Unfortunately this often involves the use of fire in confined spaces and there have been incidents where the use of a blowtorch has resulted in a fire within a property.
Many householders use blowtorches within their standard do it yourself operations within the home. They can be beneficial and increase the number of tasks that you can carry out. Whilst a common blowtorch is inexpensive the damage it can wreak in one trained hands can be very expensive so you certainly need to take care and think about how you on using this tool.
When using a blowtorch care must be taken and thought given to safety. Whilst this article must not be taken as a recommendation for you to carry out any activity with a blowtorch as a general guide the following principles apply. These are especially important when using a blowtorch in confined spaces and boxed in pipe ducting.
Remember the following checks.
- Keep a gas bottle away from sources of heat
- Don’t leave the blowtorch unattended
- Only rest the bottle on a stable surface.
- Exercise extreme care, particularly in the following
- Roof spaces
- Under floors
- Under work surfaces
- In pipe boxes
- Near ceilings
- Near flammable materials
A far safer approach is to consider alternative approaches such as.
- Use of compression fittings
- Solder the joints away from the area of risk.
- Use of a damp cloth and or coolgel.
If there is a foreseeable risk of fire always use a flexible fireproof mat.
Also when you are using a blowtorch consider, in advance, what you would do if there was a problem. If you were to burn yourself, is there someone nearby could hear you and run to bring assistance. If you were to set fire to some furnishings or a part of the property do you have a fire extinguisher to and to put out the flames. Also is it the right type of fire extinguisher so that it will be effective.