A little bit of health and safety for #makeitmonth12 of #12monthsofmetal Molten metal is hot. VERY HOT. If it falls onto a surface that isn't fire proof, you could easily cause a fire. If it falls on you, you will burn yourself, badly. Before we start, you need to plan how you can minimise these risks and deal with them if they ever do happen. Creating a fireproof safe work area is a must. You will need multiple fire bricks, kiln shelves or similar so you have a safe area in case you miss while pouring the metal and remember you'll need a safe, heatproof surface to put your crucible down once you've finished. The exact personal protection measures will depend on exactly what you want to do and were. There's a big difference between melting a tiny amount of silver into little balls compared to heating large crucibles in a furnace and lots of variables in between. It depends on how much you're doing, how often, in what environment and your overall health. Some things to look into and consider are, fire safety, clothing (synthetic clothing can melt onto your skin or catch fire from a tiny spark), eye protection, fume extraction, respirator masks, metal fume fever and the fumes different metals give off when molten. Do some research and decided what you're happy to do and how in your specific work space.