Garage safety – do you take risks? Most accidents (and not just in the garage) happen when we are trying to do something in a hurry, taking a shortcut or too lazy to get the right tool for the job etc. We all do it and when something goes wrong we all regret it. We’re not going to lecture you, but here are a few important safety bits a DIY mechanic garage or any garage should have.
First Aid Kit
It doesn’t have to be a comprehensive kit, but you want to be able to stop blood and infections, so having a good set of plasters, a bandage or 2 and maybe antiseptic cream would be a good idea.
With fuel and flammable paints/aerosols/spirits being used, you may want to have one of these nearby. Also note that fires can be caused by an electrical fault as well. Ensure you read the label on it’s purpose and use.
OK a cut can be stitched up, but your eyes can’t. Make sure if you’re doing something that could cause something to go into your eyes (and that includes spraying, sanding etc), that you wear the appropriate protective eye wear.
Air tools and electric tools can be quite deafening, especially when working on the bodywork, either ear plugs or full ear muffs/defenders maybe required.
Steel Toe Cap Boots
Dropping a heavy car part or tool on your foot will not be pleasent. A good steel toe capped pair of safety boots are not as expensive as you may think and should last a long time.
Also watch out for –
- Possible scalding from a hot radiator, expansion tank or hoses
- Loose clothes/jewellery
- Burns from the exhaust/manifold and even hot brakes
- Jack failure when working under a car – use axle stands
- Electric shock from an HT lead etc
- Things left lying around the floor
- Fumes or gas inhalation
- Dangerous or irritable chemicals (read the labels)
- Other possible substances: Asbestos, Hydrofluoric Acid, Sulphuric Acid, Hydrogen Gas and many more
Please see the other tool sections for more safety equipment, such as gloves, spray suit, masks and respirators and jacking safety etc.