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Safety Precautions for Laser Operators: Smoke and carbon monoxide

Although lasers sold in the industry are safe, risk is always involved.

Anything that burns, gives off smoke, carbon monoxide, flames, or fumes requires special safety precautions – lasers are no different. Although lasers sold in the industry are safe, bad things can happen.

If your building does not have a smoke detection system and a fire alarm, add a smoke detector near your laser. Also add a carbon monoxide detector near it with a series of fire extinguishers throughout your shop. Place one about 10 feet from the laser. Do not place them right next to equipment as a fire in the equipment may make it difficult to access an extinguisher if it’s too close.

-Bob Hagel, Eagle’s Mark

Other safety suggestions for laser users: proper ventilation

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Bob Hagel

Bob Hagel and his wife Dana offered a full line of personalized products using laser engraving, sandcarving, and full-color UV direct print on products for nearly 20 years. The pair sold their 17-year-business Eagle’s Mark Awards & Signs in September 2020. Bob remains an expert in the awards, recognition, and signage industries while he enjoys retirement.

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