There’s a new kid on the block that can help you fight not just weeds, but snow and ice with ease. A lawn care tool so hot, it removes pesky weeds and melts winter’s worst snow and ice in a flash. A propane torch can quickly eradicate weeds without using herbicides or even bending your back and knees. Likewise, it can clear out snow and ice during the winter season without the strain of shoveling or the wait of laying salt.
Propane torches are certainly a handy outdoor tool and a hot trend – no pun intended. However, when working with gas and flames, it’s important to be prepared and take safety precautions.
Do your research.
First, to maximize safety, only use or buy a reputable brand of propane torch. Ensure that it is made to take care of the functions you require and check out the reviews. This isn’t a tool you want to skimp on for the sake of your wellbeing. Additionally, only get the maximum amount of heat for what you need. If you’ll just be zapping weeds, there’s no need to use a propane torch that could weld a chain-link fence.
Once you’ve selected your propane torch, ensure you know how to operate it properly. Thoroughly read the manual – and maybe even watch a YouTube video or two – to get familiar with how to use it and avoid injury.
Get the right gear.
When using a propane torch, you should always wear safety glasses and a pair of heavy work gloves. It’s also best to wear long sleeves and pants, and avoid any loose-fitting clothing, as this could accidentally catch firs when operating the torch.
Be aware of the wind, as well, when igniting the torch, as it can cause the flame to catch unintended items on fire, like clothing. And never ignite the torch near flammable materials.
Stock your first aid kit.
While you should always keep a first aid kit stocked in your home, if using a propane torch, proactively take stock of what might be needed to treat a potential burn. Your kit should include burn dressings in multiple sizes, first aid tape, conforming gauze roll, cohesive elastic bandage wrap, quality scissor and gloves, as well as a burn relief gel.
Talk to the SOS safety consultants and make sure your first aid kit is full of the necessary supplies. Give us a call at 888.705.6100 or order right from our website at sos4safety.com.