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Safety First!

Your safety and the safety of those around you should be at the top of every car owner's list of concerns. If you're careful from the beginning and keep safety in mind while you work, you'll have a problem free car and enough fingers to enjoy it. A car is only as dangerous on the road as the bloke behind the wheel. The same is true for the bloak holding the wrench. Here are a few rules to help you stay safe.

Is Fix-a-Flat a Dangerous Product?
Many tire repair technicians and mechanics will tell you that Fix-a-Flat and similar tire sealing products can be deadly, and advise they never be used. The question is, can a tire repaired with Fix-a-Flat explode? Can there be injury or death to a tech when dealing with these products? Can it kill you?

Basic Safety Guidelines
Maintaining and repairing your own car can be enormously satisfying. Don't let an injury to yourself or somebody near you to sour those great feelings. From basic safety rules to the specific limitations of your tools and workspace, these are some things you can do to make sure that the only pains at the end of your day are sore muscles.

Support Your Car Safely!
If you're taking one of your wheels off to perform a repair, it's important to securely support the car while you work underneath. A jack is not enough. If you've never used a jack stand, you need to become familiar with them, it's the only way to fly.

Make Fire Safety First On Your List
Working on a car offers plenty of opportunities for an accidental fire. If you stay a step ahead of the game, there will be zero chance of your work area bursting into flames. Fire is no joke, check out this checklist to be sure your shop is fire safe.

Do You Have a Proper Roadside Emergency Kit?
If you don't have a roadside emergency kit, you need one. It contains a first aid kit, jumper cables, a tow cable, and other emergency items for your car. If you find that your car dies or your car won't start and you are stranded, an emergency kit can save the day.

Murphy's Law of Auto Repair and the ASSUME Rule
Murphy's law as it relates to auto repair. Fixing your car and Murphy's law go hand in hand.

The 10 Commandments of Auto Repair
Auto repair rules are hard to come by. The 10 Commandments of Auto Repair are a humorous but serious set of common sense auto repair guidelines for safety.

A Safety Essential: Steel Toe Shoes or Boots
If you're doing any serious auto repair work, you need to think of the safety of your feet. We always wear steel toe work boots in the shop to protect our delicate feet from all of the weight being thrown around.

How To Test Your Reverse Lights All By Yourself
If you need to test your reverse lights, and you don't have a helper around, we'll show you how to do it -- SAFELY!

Don't Bag Those Oily Rags!
You'd never guess the trouble you can get into by improperly disposing of oily or greasy rags. Repair shops burn to the ground every year when ignition of oily rags leads to a fire. Be sure you know how to properly deal with an oily rag in your home or shop

Safer Than Safety Glasses: A Full Faceshield
Are safety glasses enough protection? Is a full faceshield the way to go?

Basic Equipment for Welding Safety
The importance of a welding helmet, and how to choose the one that works for you.

Snow Driving Reality Check
Winter driving tips for the safety minded driver.

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