DYK 2019-006
By Chad Koens

Did you know that gas flames produce infrared radiation?

Gas flames produce infrared radiation, which may have a harmful effect on the skin and especially on the eyes. Proper eye protection is vital to prevent permanent retinal damage.

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Rail cutting with a Harris torch
By Harris Products Group

How to properly light, adjust and shut down an oxy–acetylene torch

Lighting, adjusting and shutting down an oxygen-acetylene torch is easy – especially when following the proper procedures. In addition to these easy to follow instructions, you must always be sure to follow the torch manufacturer's operating procedures.

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CGA connections on gas cylinders
By Harris Products Group

Why do cylinder valves have different thread types?

It is required in the U.S. by OSHA and the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) that cylinder valves be designed differently to prevent interchangeability with gas systems and equipment. This is one of the most important safety practices in the gas industry.

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Cutting with a Harris torch
By Harris Products Group

Will a Check Valve stop a Flashback?

A flashback is an uncontrolled flame that recesses back into your oxy-fuel gas equipment, upstream of the location where the gas is designed to mix. In order to have a flashback you must have oxygen and fuel mixed together.

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Harris Flashback Arrestors
By Harris Products Group

The What, Where, and When of Hose Type Flashback Arrestors

Flashback arrestors and check valves are safety devices designed for oxy-fuel systems to prevent or control damage from an occurrence like a flashback. They are used to prevent damage to equipment, but more importantly, to prevent personal injury.

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Harris cutting torch
By Harris Products Group

Which gas do you turn off first?

"Which gas do you turn off first?" We get this question a lot out in the field, and it's a good one. This blog entry outlines our recommendations for proper shut down of an oxy-fuel torch.

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