Working on a project car can be satisfying, especially when all your time, effort, investment and skill finally comes to fruition and your vehicle revamp is complete. However, if you’re to avoid accidents and injuries, it’s really important to prioritise safety. After all, you’ll be dealing with heavy, sharp, flammable and toxic materials and substances, and many things can go wrong.
Here are some top safety tips to take into account when you’re getting stuck into some vehicle DIY.
Choose the right tools
It’s often said that only a bad workman blames his tools. However, when it comes to fixing up cars, even the very best mechanics can get into difficulties without the right equipment. This is why good quality, suitable gear is a must. For example, when you’re selecting power tools, make sure you opt for insulated versions that come with all the necessary safety features.
Relying on substandard models may save you a little money upfront, but it could prove to be a big mistake. As well as putting you in greater danger, it may make your tasks m more difficult and time consuming.
Invest in suitable PPE
As well as investing in good quality tools, you should make sure you get all the personal protective equipment (PPE) you need. You can stock up on everything from protective eyewear to gloves, ear protectors, masks and more.
More generally, make sure that before you start working on your car, you take off any unsuitable clothing or accessories. For example, long ties are a big no no. You should also remove any rings or other items of jewellery that could get in your way or pose a risk.
Always have a first aid kit on standby
No matter how careful you are, there’s always a risk that you’ll suffer an injury when you’re involved in vehicle DIY. This is why it’s so important to have a decent first aid kit to hand. These products should include items like plasters, antiseptics and bandages.
Some basic rules
There are also some basic safety rules to bear in mind. For instance, if you’re using toxic chemicals like cleaners and coolants, keep them away from your eyes and mouth and always give your hands a thorough wash after you’ve finished with them. In addition, store the chemicals away from children and pets.
Meanwhile, don’t work on your car unless the handbrake is on and the engine is shut off (unless you need it to be on for the specific task you’re doing) and, if you’re jacking up your vehicle, make sure the wheels are properly blocked.
You should also ensure that the area you’re working in is well ventilated. Ideally, you should work outdoors, but if you have to complete the project in a garage, make sure you keep the door open.
Take fire safety seriously
Fire is one of the greatest dangers to watch out for and it’s always savvy to have an extinguisher close by when you’re working on your car. Bear in mind that even the vapour left in empty fuel cans can explode.
Also, never smoke when you’re working on your car. If you feel the need for a nicotine hit, take a break and move well away from your vehicle.
The simple way to stock up
Luckily, it’s now easier than ever to stock up on all the excellent quality tools and other items of equipment you need to help you complete your project car in style. Firms such as Brammer offer a host of power and hand tools, as well as a range of PPE products and safety items.