Five Tools That Make Automotive Repair Safer!
Mechanics always have the right tools for the job and for very good reason. Using the right tools for the job will not only guarantee that the job gets done correctly, but it will also ensure the maximum level of safety. These are two things that the do-it-yourself mechanic can learn from. Statistics have proven that there are over 15,000 injuries reported every year to mechanics. Of these over 15,000 injuries, there are around 150 deaths that come about as a result. These could all be prevented with some common sense and the accurate tools. Safe working conditions and tools that are designed for safety can help eliminate any mechanic-related injuries. Here are five tools that make automotive repair safer; no fix-it job to your car or truck should be undertaken without them.
The first ultimate safety tool: yourself.
In order to make auto repairs safely, you have to think safety first. A safe attitude can go a long way towards eliminating any potential safety problems while working on a car. Being aware of the potential perils that are involved with the repair is just the first step. Once you are aware of the potential hazards that could befall you, you can take preventative measures that will maximize your safety. Work smart, not hard; always make sure that you are using the proper tool for the job you are attempting.
You only get two eyes and they cannot be replaced (well, they could, but let’s not venture into that). It only takes one tiny shard of metal to cause permanent irreversible damage to your eyes. Eye protection comes in various forms. There is eye protection that will protect your eyes from projectiles that fly directly into your eye, but the best protection will be able to protect your entire eye. Try to use protection that will protect your eyes from the side as well. Goggles can work great, but they have a tendency to fog up when it gets hot out. A face shield will offer you the most protection. It will protect your eyes from every angle and the sensitive parts of your face as well.
Fires during automotive repairs are rare, but that does not mean that they do not happen. A short in some wiring can be enough to ignite some gas fumes and cause a fire. Not just any fire extinguisher will do either; your fire extinguisher has to be able to handle fires that are fueled by gas, oil, electrical wires, plastic and upholstery. For the best results, a dry powder fire extinguisher should be on hand. This type of fire extinguisher has been developed to handle all of these types of fires. This is one instance where “better safe than sorry!” makes a whole lot of sense.
Jack stands are one of the most affordable, yet most powerful safety tools that anyone can use. For less than the price of a meal at a restaurant, a person can pick up a couple of jack stands. Jack stands will help keep a vehicle from falling when it is time to crawl underneath. There are some dos and don’ts when it comes to jack stands. Always make sure that the car is on an even level ground before using jack stands. It is also extremely important that the vehicle is parked on a solid surface. Jack stands will not be very safe in the sand; wood can also be placed under the jack stand for even more safety.
These safety tools are a step up from using a jack stand. They are the jack and the stand all wrapped up into one great tool, but take into consideration this fact: not all vehicle lifts are created equally. There are quite a few different kinds out there and some offer more stability and safety options than others. Determining what type of lift is best for you will depend on the type of repair job that is being made. There are vehicle lifts that are manufactured for the do-it-yourself mechanic and there are vehicle lifts that are manufactured for full service automotive repair companies. Getting the safest option is never a bad thing, as long as you have the room for it.
Nine out of 10 accidents that happen as a direct result of repairing a car can easily be prevented with the right safety tools. Don’t let your next car repair make you a statistic; work smart and safe.
About the Author: Trent Hess owns and operates a full service automotive center. He has over 30 years of experience repairing all kinds of cars and trucks.