Fire officials share gas station safety tips

Fire officials share gas station safety tips

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 5,020 fires and explosions occurred at public service stations each year from 2004-2008.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 5,020 fires and explosions occurred at public service stations each year from 2004-2008. Of those fires, nearly two-thirds (61 percent) involved vehicles. Structure fires accounted for 12 percent and another 12 percent of fire incidents at service stations were outside trash fires.

When refueling your vehicle at service stations, the Salt Lake City Fire Department reminds everyone to follow these safety tips:

  • Turn off your vehicle’s engine when refueling
  • Keep gasoline and other fuels out of children's sight and reach
  • Don’t smoke, light matches or use lighters while refueling
  • Pay attention to what you’re doing (pumping gas is the transfer of a hazardous substance; don't engage in other activities)
  • Use only the refueling latch on the gasoline dispenser nozzle, if there is one, and do not jam the latch with an object to hold it open
  • To avoid spills, do not top off or overfill your vehicle
  • After pumping gasoline, leave the nozzle in the tank opening for a few seconds to avoid drips when you remove it
  • If a fire starts while you're refueling, don't remove the nozzle from the vehicle or try to stop the flow of gasoline
  • Don't get in and out of your vehicle while refueling (a static electric charge can develop on your body as you slide across the seat, and when you reach for the pump, a spark can ignite gasoline vapor)
  • If you must get into the vehicle during refueling, discharge any static electricity by touching metal on the outside of the vehicle, away from the filling point, before removing the nozzle from your vehicle
  • Use only approved portable containers for transporting or storing gasoline and make sure the container is in a stable position
  • Never fill a portable container when it is in or on the vehicle (always place the container on the ground first)
  • When filling a portable container, keep the nozzle in direct contact with the container and fill it only about 95 percent full to leave room for expansion
If you do experience a fire while refueling your vehicle:

  • Get away from vehicle and do not remove pump
  • Call for help
  • Find emergency shutdown button
  • If the fire is small enough, use a fire extinguisher (don’t use water)
For more information visit: slcfire.com
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