Solder Pot Safety

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Solder Pot Safety
Soldering irons are used to join contact points in electronic devices. (soldering image by Bube from Fotolia.com)

Solder is a mixed alloy of tin and lead, which melts at 200 degrees Celsius. Solder is used to join wires to contact points in electronic devices. Flux, which is present in solder, prevents metal oxidation and secures the joint.

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Components

Soldering requires a soldering iron, solder, and an electrical socket to power the iron. Solder is used to attach wires and components to contact points. Common electrical components requiring solder include wire, IC holders, resistors, capacitors, diodes, LED's, transistors, and IC chips.

Safety Precautions

Take proper safety precautions when soldering. Never touch the tip of the soldering iron with your hand. Place the soldering iron in its stand when finished. Don't place the soldering iron on a flammable surface. Ensure proper ventilation. Wash your hands. Don't eat solder, as it contains lead.

Treatment

If you experience a burn on your hand, quick treatment is necessary. Run cool water on the hand for five minutes. Do not apply creams or ointments. A dry wound dressing may prevent infection. Get immediate medical attention if the burn area is larger than your hand.

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