Pyrography can be a great hobby, but it's important to note that there are several risk factors involved. Wood burning tool tips reach temperatures of 250°C and are therefore a fire hazard, requiring constant supervision when turned on and cooling after turning off.
Tie any long hair back and ensure that your work surface is clear from any unnecessary equipment. Use the stand to hold the tool when not in use. Make sure you switch off the tool after use and leave to cool for two hours before touching or storing. Avoid touching the tool below the handle when on, as the tip will burn. Only change the tip when the tool has completely cooled down. Never leave a wood burning tool unattended.
As wood burns, it gives off smoke and creates a sawdust residue that can irritate the lungs and skin. It is therefore important to ensure your work space is well ventilated. It is also advisable to wear a mask and eye protection, taking care not to burn too deeply into the surface of the wood.