Most of the time when I head out to the garage my mind is on the task that I want to complete. I'll be thinking about the steps that I'll need to take, the tools I'll need to locate and the amount of time and the difficulty I'm about to face. I'd like to say that someplace in all of that figuring, safety is thought about. However, honestly, safety isn't probably thought about much in advance.
I adhere to the usual rules: 1) Don't get under a car without proper jack stands! 2) Wear a welding helmet 3) Anytime an angle grinder is in my hands, safety glasses are on my face (I should probably wear hearing protection, but I don't). 4) Clean up any spilled oil, transmission fluid and coolant as soon as possible to avoid slipping. 5) Don't place anything in walking areas. 6) Inspect equipment for safety problems before use. All the simple, common sense things anyone who works around cars and with machery tend to do out of habit.
So take just a minute more and spend some time thinking about these four very simple, but useful, safety concerns!
1) FIRE EXTINGUISHERS
Get your shop fire extinguisher up off the floor and hang it on the wall! Make sure to keep the area around it clear so you can grab it quickly. -Chris Breeden
Take a moment and check your fire extinguishers. Take a quick moment and hit up YouTube for a video or two about how to check them and the best type for use in a garage environment. If you don't have one in your car, then you are wrong and need to correct yourself immediately!
2) FIRST AID KIT
Be sure to check your kit every year. -Chris Breeden
I'm sure you remember seeing one of these laying around the shop someplace. Do yourself a favor and stop storing small nuts and bolts in it and stock it up! If you haven't used your kit for a lunch box, then take a moment and get a list of things together to resupply it. Throw away anything that might be questionable. The next time you are at your regular store, pick up the items on the list, put them in the kit and then hang the kit on the wall. You'll thank me the next time you cut a finger.
Stop of at your local store and pick up some new sunscreen. -walgreens.com
This one isn't really garage specific, but relates more to your classic car. Get in the glovebox and throw out that 10 year old bottle you bought at the gas station on the second day of a car show after you burnt up the first day. While you are picking up those First Aid supplies, pick up a new bottle of sunscreen. Then put that bottle in your car.
4) TETANUS SHOTS
Chart courtesy of the U.S. Center for Disease Control.
According to medicinenet.com: "Tetanus is a rare disease caused by bacteria known as Clostridium tetani. These bacteria infect humans via cuts or puncture wound." Make sure you are up to date on this shot. If you don't remember the last time you had one, then consult your physician and get a plan together for getting one. In addition to being unsightly, rusty metal can be very dangerous!
Keep on Cruisin'!
Art by: Chris Breeden
About the Author:
"Chris Breeden is a Social Media content creator for Custom & Hot Rod Life on DRIVETRIBE, YouTube and Facebook. After spending 5 years in Southern California, a.k.a. Hot Rod Heaven, while serving as a jet engine mechanic in the United States Marine Corps, he moved back home to Tennessee with an even greater love for Hot Rodded Vintage Tin. Since then he has worked in retail sales and the transportation and logistics industry. In 2018, seeing a gap in Hot Rod and Custom Car coverage on DRIVETRIBE, Chris began advocating for their inclusion on the platform. During the summer months, he can be found all over the Tennessee region covering car shows, meets, and cruise-ins. During the winter months, he can be found in the garage working on his custom 1949 Ford two-door sedan and 1954 F100 truck."