“Safety is a cheap and effective insurance policy” or “If safety is a joke, then death is the punch-line’, or better still, how about the ever popular “Accidents hurt-safety doesn’t”. What do these three sayings have in common other than the word “safety”? They all come from wisdom gained by the hardship or misfortune of some poor individual(s) who did not invest a little bit of care prior to taking on some seemingly “benign” activity.
While striving to be a do-it-yourself mechanic is certainly a worthy endeavor and saving money is a direct result of this pursuit, if you do not practice proper safety procedures and guidelines, your hobby/career may be very short-lived and could end up costing you more than you think. Garage Safety is basically a mindset that views every task, no matter how easy or difficult, as potentially dangerous.
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The practice of Garage Safety can be broken down into 3 elements: You, Environment, and Procedure Precautions, conveniently and cleverly, I might add, forming the acronym Y.E.P. This acronym is short, easy to remember, and states the affirmative for every task you begin.
Let’s explore each element a little more.
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