Electronics safety

I haven't found a comprehensive guide online to being safe in electronics, other than giving out fragments of tips. There's obvious things like “don't touch the hot part of the soldering iron,” but there are a lot of other things not mentioned.

This will be a post I will update as I find more information on the subject, and find things people may not be aware of when doing electronics work.

Failure to abide by safety guidelines may result in grave injury or death. Electronics is largely a safe hobby, when safe procedures are followed. Make safety a habit. You don't want to end up like this (content warning: graphic PSA).

This post is not comprehensive. Use common sense. If you don't know better than, say, don't touch the hot end of an iron, you should probably have a few more birthdays before you do electronics work.

This all may seem like a lot, but trust me: it becomes automatic with practise.

Feedback is welcome for this post. Contact me for any additions, clarifications, or fixes you would like to see!

Solder safety

Flux safety

Soldering iron / hot equipment safety

Isopropanol (rubbing alcohol) safety

PCB safety

Voltage/amperage safety

Battery safety

Other safety

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