Small Steam Engine Safety
In some circles there seems to be the perception that because something is small, or does not sound particularly daunting by name then it is not dangerous at all. This attitude can often be observed in the world of model steam engines. Back when steam engine powered the industrial revolution it was not at all uncommon to see horrific injuries that were the results over at working closely with steam engines. Steam engines work by heating water until, as the names subjects, the water turns to Steam. That means that temperatures are not only extremely high, but also there is an extreme amount of pressure.
As you might suspect, keeping anything at a high temperature at a high-pressure can create very dangerous environment. Often time catastrophic failures of equipment could lead to scalding, which is often time a worse injury then typical burns. Scolding injuries were deeply feared and for good reason. When considering steam engine models it would seem that the danger is far less than that of a full-sized steam engine. This is true in part, but only in part.
There are some basic necessary steps to take when you were working with the best model steam engine kits to ensure your safety, and even to protect the model on what you were working on. Obviously the priority is protecting yourself and anybody else that is going to be exposed to models.
It really only takes a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the potential dangers. We will review those dangers now, as well as provide some insight into how you can get the most fun out of your models well keeping risk low as it is possible to be when you were working with highly pressurized and heated matter.
The Basics of Steam Powered Engine Safety
There are a few things you can do before you even begin work on your model engine kit to ensure that you were working in the safest possible conditions. The first concerns your environment. Always be aware of the space that you were working with, and take all the precautions you can to ensure that the space you were using is adequately equipped, and free of any potential complicating materials.
To be specific there are a few things that you should always have on hand. The first of which is a fire extinguisher. Every home should be equipped with a fire extinguisher at all times anyways, as it is one of those things in life that you will not miss until you desperately need it. It is particularly important for those that work with steam model engine kits, however. That is because failures happen quickly, the follow can be pretty spectacular, and you need to be prepared to act quickly and a fission Lee to minimize the damage to the space, and also the potential danger posed to yourself.
A fire extinguisher is certainly handy, but it is far from the only thing that you need to get started. Always be sure that you have a basic first aid kit on hand. Often times small burns will happen in the course of creating a steam engine model kits, and having just basic bandages, anti-septic, and other widely available treatments for small injuries will be a great help. It goes without saying, but more serious injuries can be treated with a first aid kit, but should be checked by medical professionals.
Besides a first aid kit you should also make sure that the area you were working with is clear of clutter. A cluttered space is not only more difficult to work in, but in the event of a disaster having objects, especially flammable objects like cloth or paper, can turn a bad situation far worse very quickly. Save yourself a headache and simply be sure that the space you were working with is clear.
No, you have a space that is adequate for working with live model steam engines and you’re ready to get started. There are just a few things to keep in mind when you’re actually working with steam engine toys. The first of which is that they were designed to run with water. Running them without water will not only inevitably damage your model, but it also increases the risk of injury to yourself. They cannot be stress enough how important it is to never run a steam engine dry. Always ensure that it has an adequate supply of water.
Another potential danger is an out-of-control flame. And out of control flame can lead to excess steam, and this excess steam can create a runaway engine. This is a potential he dangerous situation for obvious reasons. It happens to be one of the reasons that you have a fire extinguisher on hand as well. Use it and don’t let a simple inconvenience escalate into something more serious.
Another thing to be aware of that really only concerns collectors of antique bottles is the danger posed by running very old equipment. Some older models will have a graded over the years, and in cases such as that it is wise not to run them. People collect steam model engine kits for all sorts of reasons, and one of them is aesthetics. The age of a model should of course not prevent you from purchasing it, but you should be aware if it is in working order or not. If it is simply too old, then you must take the steps to restore to working order, or else simply just enjoyed for the beauty of the thing.
Another danger that both collectors of old models and buyers of new models should be aware of is the danger posed by damaged equipment. Dents on your steam engine parts might seem superficial, but could have disastrous consequences. If you have any doubt about the ability of your live steam model engine kit to run, then simply play it safe and do not run it. This can be easier said than done especially when you’re excited about a new piece that you’ve added to your collection, but it is never worth the danger.
Staying Safe with Model Engine Kits
It’s never fun reading the instructions and taking all the necessary steps to be a safe as possible. With that being said, it is always easier to have more fun when you have peace of mind. There is no better way to get piece of lined then to take all possible precautions and educate yourself to the upmost degree in order to be sure you were not only having fun, but enjoying yourself safely.