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As Always, Safety First When Welding

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Let’s face it. Safety is important, especially when welding. Below are a few tips to keep you safe and comfortable for those long nights in your garage.

Make sure you have a pair of welding gloves and I highly suggest sleeves, too. A pair of these will protect you from burns, hot parts, flying metal and arc rays. The rays from a welding arc will burn you faster than sitting on the beach.

Eye protection is also a must. Invest in an auto-darkening helmet for welding and have a pair of shaded safety glasses on-hand for plasma cutting. Anyone with a bad case of welder flash can tell you they would rather take a mixture of salt in the eyes.

When welding, it can get warm quick. There are some nice fresh-air breathing accessories on the market now. The Miller CoolBand™ is an integrated headgear cooling system that optimizes airflow under the hood, making it up to 8 degrees cooler while welding. I often use it when I am working long events and race tracks where we provide welding demos and offer free repairs on participants’ racecars. You wouldn’t believe the difference that fresh air makes.

In addition to the CoolBand, wearing a welder cap or beanie is nice too for soaking up sweat. A cap also adds extra protection from sparks or flying spatter when you’re welding out of position, like overhead, for example. Some of the nice beanies even cover your ears!

While multiple brands offer welding protection and accessories, you can visit for safety products like the CoolBand and other items mentioned.

Until next time, stay safe and have fun welding.

Andy Weyenberg
Motorsports Marketing Manager


Miller Kicks Off Safety 2011 Show in Chicago

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Miller’s excited to be exhibiting at the 2011 ASSE Exposition and Conference this week in Chicago. You can find us in booth 1078, where you’ll be able to see our auto-darkening welding helmets, jackets, gloves, heat stress relief products and powered air purifying respirators (PAPR), among other welding safety accessories.

If you’re at the show, stop in and see us. If not, check out these videos on some of Miller’s premium welding safety products:



Arc Armor Protection and PPE

WeldX and Heat Stress Products