Welding is literally a hot job! The intense heat from the machinery paired with layers of PPE can pose a serious risk for dehydration or heat stroke. During warmer summer months, these risks are exponentially heightened so it’s extremely important to practice safe welding during your work days. Here are a few tips on how to stay cool when temperatures are hot while welding.
Don’t Overexert Yourself
We know you need to get the job done but working too fast or for too long without breaks can lead to illness or potentially life-threatening issues. Keep your activity low-key and brief, take frequent breaks and drink plenty of water.
It’s super important to drink at least half a gallon of water per day. Some experts suggest also including a sports drink like Gatorade to replenish the potassium and magnesium you lose through sweat.
Wear Lightweight, Flame Retardant Clothing
Sweat absorbing, breathable clothing helps cool the body naturally by letting the air hit the skin. Brands like Black Stallion offer flame resistant jerseys and flannels that are lightweight and less bulky than standard welding jackets. You can also opt for sleeves alone if things get too hot.
Welding Apparel For Those Who Don’t Like It Hot
According to Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, some like it hot. But for those of us who don’t, here are a few pieces of welding apparel that’ll keep you cooler while working long hours in the shop. And yes, they’re all O.S.H.A. approved.
Here is the welding apparel you need to keep cool when temperatures are hot…
Keep Cool When Temperatures Are Hot With Lightweight Welding Sleeves
Welding sleeves are a great option rather than putting on a bulky jacket. You can easily slide them over your arms for protection from U.V. rays, sparks or spatter.
Shop Black Stallion and Miller Sleeves at the link below!
Keep Cool When Temperatures Are Hot With A Cooling Apparatus
While sleeves are a lightweight option for safety apparel, sometimes it’s not enough. In that case, try a Miller CoolBelt™!
The Miller CoolBelt™ is an integrated headgear cooling system that provides constant airflow within your welding helmet. It reduces heat related fatigue, increases operator comfort, elevates fabricator productivity and improves workplace safety.
*Designed specifically for use with Miller’s MP-10, Elite, & Titanium series passive & auto-darkening welding helmets, this unit may or may not fit other style welding helmets.
Looking for a helmet that fits with the CoolBelt™?
Check out our line-up of Miller Digital Elite Auto-Darkening welding hoods. From the classic black look to the radical raptor design, there’s sure to be a helmet to fit your style!
This Is The End
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Anyway, now that we’re at the end of this helpful blog that shows how to stay cool when temperatures are hot, it’s about that time to say goodbye. But if you can’t get enough of us, head to Arc-Zone.com for more high quality metal fabrication tools. From TIG and MIG welding to Plasma Arc and Oxy-Fuel, we’ve got what you need to Weld Like a Pro!