- These soldering irons are capble of heating to over 800°F. As such serious burns will occur if used carelessly.
- Consider using one of the benchtop magnifying glasses when soldering small parts, as this will prevent you from having your face close to the hot tip of the soldering iron, reducing the risk of burns.
- Turn off and unplug the iron whenever it is not going to be in use for more than a few minutes. While the iron will need to heat back up the next time you intend to use it, an unattended iron can quickly lead to a serious fire.
- The solder used in conjunction with these irons often features lead as a main component. It is a good idea to wash your hands after using the soldering irons or any equipment in the same workstation. It is especially important not to have any food or drink on the same workbench, as lead contamination is easy in this area.
- The lead in solder, as well as the flux used to help adhesion to soldered components, can release fumes during the soldering process of which inhalation is best avoided.