While fuel sources used today have powered and heated our lives for thousands of years, natural gas and petroleum fuel still present everyday threats. Gas for heating and fuel for vehicles and small engines are common, yet volatile, substances that can lead to fires and pose danger through leaks. Make sure you and your family members follow these fuel safety tips.
- Always ensure that your vehicle is completely turned off before fueling, and stay near your car until refueling is complete.
- Discharge your own static electricity by touching a metal surface before reaching for the pump. Should you need to reenter your vehicle while it is filling up, make sure to repeat this process.
- Don’t jump your car battery at the gas station. If your car battery dies while you are at the pump, get others to help you push it away or have it towed.
- Never light a cigarette near fuel pumps. Sparks from falling ashes can pose a serious hazard.
- Avoid overfilling your tank—excess spillage increases the risk of fire.
- Leave the pump inside the vehicle if your car’s gas tank catches fire, and immediately alert the attendant on duty so that the emergency shutoff can be activated. Call the fire department.
Home Heating Fuel
- Keep the area around your furnace or heater free of combustible materials like paint, flammable liquids, paper and cardboard, and curtains or towels.
- Check your home heater often to make sure the pilot light is always on; this reduces the risk of gas buildup.
- Report malfunctioning equipment immediately, and keep your heater‘s filter clean. Properly-working heating systems will keep your home safe and warm and perform cost-efficiently.
- Stop using electric devices, extinguish any open flames, and leave your home immediately any time you smell a pervasive odor of rotten eggs. Natural gas providers add chemicals containing this smell to their products so that homeowners can detect dangerous leaks.
- Equip every floor of your residence with a carbon monoxide (CO) detector; this odorless and colorless gas is produced by incomplete gas combustions and can be deadly. Learn more about CO safety at http://www.ussecurityassociates.com/media-center/resources-guides.php.
- Never mix different types of fuel (e.g., gasoline and kerosene, or gasoline and diesel fuel) or use gasoline in a kerosene lamp; these unstable mixtures are at a heightened risk of catching fire.
- Close fuel containers tightly each time you use them to prevent spills and escaping fumes.
- Store fuel containers well out of reach of children and as far from your living space as possible. A well-ventilated structure separate from your home is ideal, such as a shed.
- Wait until lawnmowers or other small engine machinery are completely cool before refilling.
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