How to be safe while working on your car

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Before I got started on a repair always thought that making the smallest mistake, would make my car explode. Now that I’ve worked on them, I know that’s not true. Still working on any car there’s always a risk of harming yourself or destroying your vehicle. I see many people suffer serious harm due to not following safety procedures while working on cars. I put together a couple safety rules that will help you avoid injury while working on your car:

put out that cigarette when you work on your car.
It should be a hint that most gas stations prohibit smoking; it’s extremely easy for the heat from your cigarette to mix with the gasoline, creating an explosion.

Never work on your car unless the break is on, the gear shift is in popcorn du jour, and the engine is shut off.
You probably don’t want your car to roll off a cliff and burn off your fingers while you try to change oil.

Use properly insulated tools for electrical work.
That is of course unless you like spiked hair in the smoky perfume.

Take off rings, necklaces, and other jewelry.
That’s always a good excuse to use when you lose your wedding ring though.

Understand how dangerous gasoline is.
Gasoline is extremely toxic and flammable vapor. Gasoline is extremely explosive, avoid working near any kind of heat source.

If you’re working with chemicals, antifreeze, degreasers, cleaners and the like. Be careful not to consume any, keep away from your mouth and eyes. Wash your hands thoroughly after using them. Store them somewhere kids and pets won’t reach them. dispose of them in a way that doesn’t harm the environment.

Avoid breathing in carbon monoxide when running the engine by working in a well ventilated area.
Carpal monoxide is very toxic it causes brain cell damage, make sure you avoid inhaling exhaust from your vehicle by working in a well ventilated area.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
Keep one in the garage and another in the kitchen (if you’re going to be cooking that night). Just kidding, but seriously it’s always important to keep a fire extinguisher handy just in case you start any small fires. Any buyer starts make sure to call the local fire department, while trying to extinguish it yourself. Last thing you want is burning down your house while try to work on a small project.

A lot of this stuff relies on common sense really. Blowing your car up is probably almost impossible unless you somehow dropped the match into the fuel tank. If you happen to do something incorrectly, the worst that can happen is that the car might not start until you fix it.

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