Dirt stock car safety pit side
In my last post I talked about racing safety and cockpit design. Well another aspect about racing safety I forgot to mention has to do with the crew and the driver alike. I took the above picture of the alligator not fifty feet from our hauler where we spent a week long adventure at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida. He wasn’t big enough to swallow me whole, but I sure he could have knocked off an appendage or two.
On a more serious note, dirt stock car safety in the pits is something that should be kept in mind as well. I know some times I can be a hypocrite when it comes to using jack stands under cars, but trust me, a pair of jack stands should always be used even when you throw yourself under a car even for the simplest job. You can only say it won’t happen to me so many times, until it does. I have a habit of using two jack stands in the rear and putting the center of the front up on the floor jack, putting the car up in a three point stance. This probably isn’t the best thing. Some day I’m sure I’ll learn my lesson and it probably won’t be pretty.
Another aspect of dirt stock car safety that I completely over look is fire. It was brought up by a friend of mine that he has a fire extinguisher on his pit cart; and even better, it’s a halon extinguisher just so it won’t make a huge mess if someone has a carburetor fire. We have an extinguisher in the hauler and in the trailer, but I don’t think they have ever been checked in the years they have been there. That is something that is definitely on my list before we hit our next race.
I must say that one thing that we do have is a first aid kit in the trailer and it is well stocked. It has all the basics like eye flush, band aids, burn cream, gauze pads, and tape. The perfect kit for any unexpected alligator attacks.
One thing that must be brought up is the fact of possible chemical poisoning from brake cleaner or other harmful chemicals. This is something that I have never really paid attention to before, I have heard of many people getting a blood poisoning from the continual use of these chemicals. I have off and on over the years worn gloves when working with the parts washer, but I will now be wearing gloves more and more. If you need a recommendation, get a box of nitrile gloves with talcum powder to ease getting them on and off. Nitrile seems to be impervious to parts cleaning solution, where as my old latex clover gets eaten up when exposed to some chemicals.
Well, til next time, keep yourself safe.