How To Stay Safe When Using A Heat Press Machine
Using a heat press machine is so much fun. This is especially true if you’re an artsy type like I am. Ever since I was a little kid I absolutely love the arts and crafts. So when I became older and discovered what heat press machine was I was absolutely floored.
Like when learning any kind of new hobby, it’s always important to put a little emphasis on how to safely use the product right in the beginning.
When dealing with a heat press machine, it’s particularly important because people can really get her if they’re not paying attention when using one.
Here are some safety tips I recommend when using a heat press.
- The first thing that I recommend is that you always use a heat press on a solid surface. You don’t want to put a heat press that scalding hot on any kind of wobbly or uneven surface. This is just going to lead to someone getting hurt.
- Next, you’re definitely going to want to plug your heat press machine into its own outlet. A heat press machine draws a lot of power. Even a low-end heat press is going to be drawing over 1000 W. You have to remember that the heat press machine needs to take time to heat up and then obviously it’s going to be exerting energy when it’s doing an actual transfer. This can actually put a drain on any kind of power socket especially if you live an older home.
- Third, you’re going to want to keep the machine out of the reach of children. This kind of goes without saying for any kind of hot surface whether it’s a heat press or the stove. You want to put your child at risk. They simply don’t know any better and want to touch everything.
- Fourth, make sure that your heat press is at about waist level when you’re using it. If your heat press is too high, then there’s always the risk that you actually pull the machine towards you when you’re pulling the lever down. As you can imagine, it would be terrible if you pull a 500° machine onto you.
- Fifth, you want to make sure that you can have clear access to the machine in on at least three of the sites. You don’t necessarily need to have access to the machine on the backside where the power supply is. However you definitely need to have access to where the on off switch is as well is where the lever is. You also want to make sure that everything is clear around the machine.
- Lastly, you want to make sure that there’s some sort of ventilation nearby. I heat press machine is going to generate a lot of steam, particularly when you’re actually in the process of doing a heat transfer. The steam is best if it can travel outside immediately. If it doesn’t, then it can lead to some damage on nearby surroundings such as your wall or any kind of paintings. Better safe than sorry right.
Luckily for you most heatpresses are very similar to use. So the safety tips are going to translate across the board regardless of what machine you’re using.