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Hazards of torch [Was: Ingeborg]


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o    Dear Michael, Thanks for your message. Can you go into
further details about the hazards of this torch?(in simple
terms...I am not a chemist) Who makes these torches? How many
different kinds are there? You see I am scared to keep gas and
oxygen...or acetylene in an apartment.....and thought..that the
water torch might be THE solution. I really appreciate your
response! Ingeborg

This is info from a MSDS sheet.

HAZARD RATINGS ARE 0 TO 4 (0 = NO HAZARD; 4 = EXTREME HAZARD).

          HEALTH        -  2  MODERATE
          FLAMMABILITY  -  3  SEVERE (FLAMMABLE)
          REACTIVITY    -  2  MODERATE
          CONTACT       -  1  SLIGHT

              WARNING
                  EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE
                   CAUSES IRRITATION
                  HARMFUL IF INHALED

KEEP AWAY FROM HEAT, SPARKS, FLAME.
AVOID BREATHING VAPOR. KEEP IN TIGHTLY CLOSED CONTAINER. USE WITH
ADEQUATE VENTILATION. WASH THOROUGHLY AFTER HANDLING. IN CASE OF FIRE,
USE ALCOHOL FOAM, DRY CHEMICAL, CARBON DIOXIDE - WATER MAY BE
INEFFECTIVE.
FLUSH SPILL AREA WITH WATER SPRAY.
EFFECTS OF OVEREXPOSURE
INHALATION OF VAPORS MAY CAUSE HEADACHE, NAUSEA, VOMITING, DIZZINESS,

DROWSINESS, IRRITATION OF RESPIRATORY TRACT, AND LOSS OF CONSCIOUSNESS.
CONTACT WITH SKIN OR EYES MAY CAUSE IRRITATION.
PROLONGED EXPOSURE MAY CAUSE DERMATITIS.
LIQUID MAY CAUSE PERMANENT EYE DAMAGE.
INGESTION MAY CAUSE NAUSEA, VOMITING, HEADACHES, DIZZINESS,
GASTROINTESTINAL IRRITATION.

This is info from a MSDS sheet. If you handle it properly you
should have no problems.Just remember Ventlation is important for
many jewelery related processes so install an exast fan.I was so
afraid to do jewelery work in my appartment years ago that I
bought a house and biult a shop in the garage.

Michael Mathews Victoria,Texas USA