Each year, numerous wildfires are caused as a result of welding, cutting, and grinding. Therefore, these activities require extreme caution. When conducting these types of activities, always check the local regulations to determine if they are allowed or a permit is required. Additionally, make sure to:
• Work only over a non-combustible surface of at least 10 feet x 10 feet, and/or use welding blankets or screens to cover combustible materials within 10 feet of the arc or flame.
• Work only when wind speeds are less than 20 mph.
• Have another person on site to serve as a fire watch with pressurized water or a fire extinguisher.
Before starting any welding, cutting, or grinding projects, contact your local fire department.