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.
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.
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