PSA: Garage safety

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by TeneRay, Aug 12, 2017.

  1. TeneRay

    TeneRay Jabroni

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    Seems pretty obvious but sometimes it can be overlooked.

    I was just cleaning carbs with carb cleaner and hit a cavity just right for the cleaner to deflect directly into my eyes.

    Normally, I have all me PPE on whenever I'm doing something hazardous but I'm only human and sometimes forget or get distracted.

    Luckily, I keep a big bottle of saline in the garage for those instances where something gets past the safety glasses. In less than 5 seconds, I was able to get to the bottle and rinse my eyes. It was a struggle since my eyes were wanting to shut on me. Flushed for about 10 minutes and even showered.

    Eyes burned like a son of a gun for about an hour but nearly 2 hours later, I'm feeling better. I like to think the immediate flush helped and also because I had saline instead of water on hand.

    So, just an FYI the next time you're cleaning carbs or using compressed solvents, hopefully this post will remind you to wear your glasses.
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  2. Stasher1

    Stasher1 Been here awhile

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    I've done the exact same thing. It hit a little pocket on the side of the carb, and then right into my eye.


    It sucked.
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  3. RetiredandRiding

    RetiredandRiding Retired to Ride

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    Glad you're okay. I'd still seriously consider heading to an eye doctor on Monday to get checked out... or the ER if anything starts hurting before this.
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  4. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    If I had a dollar for every time I had carb spray, gasoline, bleach, cleaning products, sawdust, etc. in my eyes I would be wealthy. Not to mention dirt, dust, bugs, paint, hot pepper juice, bodily fluids, (don't ask she was worth it)
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  5. SmittyBlackstone

    SmittyBlackstone Adventurer

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    I think I dated her older sister...

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  6. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    My eyes burn just reading this... been there.
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  7. TeneRay

    TeneRay Jabroni

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    LOL! I'm better now but my eyes start to hurt when I look a can of carb cleaner.
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  8. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Diesel fuel is even worse. DAMHIK. I use a face shield and safety glasses a lot more these days.
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  9. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    BTDT.

    Some people just have to learn the hard way. :thwak

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  10. JCool

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    I shot myself in one eye with silicone once. It burned like hell for a minute or two , then that eye felt better than the one I missed. :lol3 The worst was acetone , that was like fire. :yikes
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  11. Jamming

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    Skydrol is the worst! Got a small spray in the eyes once working on a supposedly depressurized system(it was mostly) and it took gallons of eye wash before it quit stinging.
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  12. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Carb cleaner is kind of cool once the burning stops. I swear, everything is so bright and crystal clear for 5-10 minutes, then goes back to normal.
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  13. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    I'm gonna go try that now!
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  14. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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    Got gasoline in my eye once as a kid. Was working on the stupid lanwmower, pulled off a fuel hose and it flung gas all over my face. I was able to stumble to the garden hose and flush my face for a while. I wear safety glasses a lot now...
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  15. dravnx

    dravnx Been here awhile

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    I was in the shower at a campground with my little squeeze bottle of Dr. Bronners. The nozzle was plugged so instead of taking the cap off and running it under water, I squeezed harder. The soap shot out, ricochet off my palm and went straight into my left eye. It was one of the most intense pains I've ever felt. The Cosmo Kramer yell bounced off the valley walls.
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  16. 3shot

    3shot Been here awhile

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    My dad worked next to a rock crusher all his life. They didn't have good use of hearing protection way back then... Needless to say he hearing loss.

    Ive always been big on hearing protection, I wear it when riding, mowing, saws, anything loud.

    I wear glasses so I'm semi covered that way. And have blasted my face a few times.


    One thing I'm trying to get the habit of is using nitrile gloves
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  17. JCool

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    Proctologist ? :imaposer
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  18. Wingboy

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    Bam! Right in the eye.
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  19. SnoDrtRider

    SnoDrtRider I've been lost here before...

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    I usually have 3-4 boxes of Nitrile gloves around. A box in the van, a box in the garage and a box in the shop plus a spare box.
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  20. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Co worker just got a face full of etchant a few weeks ago.

    Out of work the rest of the week. He just had his standard eye glasses on in the wet process area.

    Boss got kinda worried, he doesn't like to wear safety glasses. "They give me a headache." :photogCompliance officer is a nut job too.

    I just said, well that's your choice. Next time he had safety glasses on out there.
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