Choosing The Right Welding Blankets For The Job in Welding

Welding blankets have an important job — protecting welders and those around them from sparks that can cause burns and even catch fire. In addition to providing human protection from sparks and burns, these blankets also protect surfaces from burns and damage.

General protective blankets, such as silver tarps, just don’t do the job when it comes to dealing with sparks, spatter, slag, molten metal, and fire. It’s no wonder why they’re so important in industries like the automotive industry. The key to getting the maximum protection from these safety tools is making sure you choose the right blanket for the job. This article looks at things to consider when choosing welding blankets for your next welding project.

Type Of Welding Project

The type of welding blankets you use for a project really comes down to the type of welding project you’re working on. Use the following as a guide when choosing the right welding blankets for your specific project to ensure safety based upon the sparks, spatter, slag, and molten metal you produce.

•  Light Duty – Good for general purpose welding where you will only produce minimal spatter and light sparks.

•  Medium Duty – Best for medium projects where there will be a heavier amount of sparks and spatter along with a slight amount of slag.

•  Heavy Duty – Great for projects producing heavy sparks, heavy slag, and heavy spatter.

•  Extreme Duty – Necessary protection for the most extreme welding projects that include heavy spatter, heavy sparks, heavy slag, and the possibility of exposure to molten metal.

Basically, the thicker and heavier the blanket the better protection it provides because sparks, spatter, slag, and molten metal will burn through much slower.

Another thing to consider when choosing welding blankets is the heat resistant temperature. Some protect only from lower temperatures while others protect from extreme temperatures, usually dependent upon the quality, thickness, and material of the blanket.

Choosing The Right Size

You also want to make sure you choose your blanket based upon the size of your welding project. Luckily, this is easy because welding blankets come in a wide range of sizes to suit any size project. High quality blankets even have brass grommets that allow you to join several of them together when working on a large project, or when one blanket isn’t adequate for the size of protection you need.

Consider The Material

Welding blankets come in a variety of different materials, including woven fiberglass, which offers great flexibility and heat resistance. Other popular materials that provide outstanding protection include acrylic coated fiberglass, silicone coated fiberglass, carbonized fiber, bronze silica, heat cleaned fiberglass, vermiculite coated fiberglass, and leather.

In addition, the stitching on these blankets provides protection and reduces the instance of fraying due to rigorous wear and tear. While uncoated blankets are easy to wrap and drape because they offer more pliability, coated blankets provide better protection.

Don’t trust your safety to general silver tarps or other type of inadequate protection from sparks, spatter, slag, molten metal, and fire for your next welding project. Welding blankets provide the necessary protection and they’re also easy to work with and come in a variety of sizes, weights, and materials to suit any welding project.

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