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    Outdoor Welding Guidelines


    Where welding must be performed in the field, the following mitigating efforts will be in force until the Ban on Outdoor Burning has expired:

    1. All areas where welding, cutting or grinding operations are being performed will be free of vegetation or at least 25 feet in all directions;
    2. Surface around welding area will be wetted down;
    3. Wind speeds must be no more than 15 miles per hour while performing welding, cutting or grinding operations outside of barriers or enclosures;
    4. A dedicated fire watch person will attend each welder, cutter, grinder and any activity that causes a spark;
    5. A minimum of one water pressure fire extinguisher per fire watch person is required;
    6. Each site will have cellular telephone communications for emergency response;
    7. All welding, cutting and grinding operations may be performed in a total welding enclosure or “welding box” that is sufficiently high to control sparks and includes a fire retardant cover over the top. Wind speeds must not exceed 30 miles per hour while utilizing an enclosure;
      1. Where welding (above ground and sub-surface) is required in an area where there is a potential for a hazardous atmosphere, barriers will be substituted for total enclosures (e.g. “wind walls”) to prevent sparks from coming in contact with any combustible material;
      2. The barriers will be installed to allow ventilation of the work area with ingress and egress to the work area for personnel safety;
      3. Sub-surface or “bell hole” welding and grinding operations within approved excavations are allowed if all other mitigation efforts are included;
    8. If an emergency exists where welding has to be performed, the Fire Marshal may issue a temporary exception to the order.