How can I use my glue gun safely?

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Give your glue gun time to warm up before you get started – around five minutes is usually enough

Answered by Sarah, Electrical Safety Expert

Give your glue gun time to warm up before you get started – around five minutes is usually enough.

The glue gun should only ever be placed on a non-flammable surfaces while switched on – try using a tile, or even some aluminium foil. Keep anything flammable like loose papers well out of the way.

Make sure animals are kept away from hot glue guns, and only let children use them with adult supervision.

Keep long hair tied back and avoid loose clothing.

Hold the gun in an upright position during use.

Don’t leave the glue gun unattended while plugged in, and turn the glue gun off as soon as you’ve finished using it.

The tips of glue guns get extremely hot so never attempt to touch during or immediately after use. Give the gun time to cool down fully before putting it away.

If you get hot glue on your skin during use, hold the burned area under ice water.

It’s best to wear gloves when operating, touching or cleaning the glue gun.

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