Gasoline/Re-fueling Safety

Fuel Safety

There's a growing awareness that static electricity at fuel pumps is responsible for some very serious fires and injuries. The information on this page is offered to help educate you and your family on how to safely refuel your vehicle and gasoline storage containers. As always, if you need further assistance or require additional information please contact us.

Safe Refueling and Fuel Handling Guidelines for Consumers

  • Turn off your vehicle engine. Put your vehicle in "park" and/or set the emergency brake. Disable or turn off any auxiliary sources of ignition, such as a camper or trailer heater, cooking units or pilot lights.
  • Do not smoke, light matches or lighters while refueling at the pump, or when using gasoline anywhere else.
  • Use only the refueling latch provided on the gasoline dispenser nozzle. Never jam the refueling latch on the nozzle open.
  • Do not re-enter your vehicle during refueling. If you cannot avoid re-entering your vehicle, discharge any static build-up BEFORE reaching for the nozzle, by touching something metal with a bare hand (such as the vehicle door) away form the nozzle.
  • In the unlikely event a static-caused fire occurs when refueling, leave the nozzle in the fill pipe and back away form the vehicle. Notify the station attendant immediately.

Portable Containers

  • When dispensing gasoline into a container, use only an approved portable container and place it on the ground to avoid a possible static electricity ignition of fuel vapors. Containers should never be filled while inside a vehicle or its trunk, the bed of a pickup truck or the floor of a trailer.
  • When filling a portable container, manually control the nozzle valve throughout the filling process. Fill a portable container slowly to decrease the chance of static electricity build-up and minimize spilling or splattering. Keep the nozzle in contact with the rim of the container opening while refueling.
  • Fill container no more than 95 percent full to allow for expansion.
  • Place cap tightly on the container after filling (do not use containers that do not seal properly).
  • Only store gasoline in approved containers as required by federal or state authorities. Never store gasoline in glass of any other unapproved container.
  • If gasoline spills on the container, make sure that is has evaporated before you place the container in your vehicle. Report spills to the attendant.
  • When transporting gasoline in a portable container, make sure it is secured against tipping and sliding, and never leave it in direct sunlight or in the trunk of a car.

Additional Safety Guidelines

  • Do not over-fill or top-off your vehicle tank, which can cause gasoline spillage.
  • Never allow children under licensed driving age to operate the pump.
  • Avoid prolonged breathing of gasoline vapors. Use gasoline only in open areas that get plenty of fresh air. Keep your face away from the nozzle or container opening.
  • Never siphon gasoline by mouth, or put gasoline in your mouth for any reason. Gasoline can be harmful or fatal if swallowed. If someone swallows gasoline, do not induce vomiting. Contact a doctor and/or emergency medical service provider immediately.
  • Keep gasoline away from your eyes and skin; it may cause irritation. Remove gasoline-soaked clothing immediately.
  • Use gasoline as a motor fuel only. Never use gasoline to wash your hands or as a cleaning solvent.

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