Safely Using A Hot Knife
A hot knife is a very easy tool to use, but it’s also a very easy tool to hurt yourself with. Hot Knife safety is essential so follow these steps to prevent potential disaster:
Use Protective Gear: Wear heat resistant gloves & eye protection while using a hot knife to protect yourself against accidental burns or hot debris.
Keep Away From Flammable Materials: Using your hot knife next to your new curtains is probably not your best idea. To prevent fires, be sure you are using your hot knife away from any flammable materials including (but not limited to) loose fitting clothes and papers.
Use In A Ventilated Area: Always cut with a hot knife in a well ventilated area to avoid inhaling fumes & gases released from the melting materials.
Use A Heat Resistant Surface: Place your hot knife on a solid sturdy surface like a silicone mat or metal table to avoid fire hazards.
Have Spatial Awareness: When using a hot knife be sure to use the knife in a slow steady motion. Be aware of the location of your fingers & hands as well as their proximity to the hot blade. Avoid sudden movements that could result in an unexpected burn.
Clean After Use The materials you cut with the hot knife likely left behind residue which can build up and become hazardous over time (in addition to making the knife harder to use). Once the hot knife is off, unplugged, and cooled use a wire brush, steel wool, or very fine sandpaper to clear the residue from the blade.
Proper Storage: After use, turn off, unplug, and allow the hot knife to cool fully before storing it in a safe place.