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Basic Refueling Safety Tips

Refueling Checklist For Personal Safety At The Gas Pumps

Refueling has its hazards. Here’s a video of what you don’t want to experience at the gas pumps. This link opens in a new window. I’ll be here to continue with this list of tips when you get back.

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CAUTION: Fuel Is Flammable!

From what I notice around the gas pumps when refueling, it would seem that a lot of people don’t know this. Or they’ve forgotten.

Fuel is very flammable. That’s why it works as a fuel for the car. As Homer Simpson would say, ‘Duh!’ This is why we need to be sure that we do not create any situation wherein the fuel and vapors could ignite.

This means we want no sparks, flames, or static electricity around us when we are using the gas pumps. Here’s another video that is longer but worth the watch.

Video: Gasoline Refueling / Gas Pump – Safety Video

It has some useful information on static electricity and what to do in case of a fire. You will see firefighters enacting how to handle these fires without dangerous consequences. This would be useful information to have should you ever find yourself in such a situation.

One new thing that I learned from these videos was the whole issue of static electricity. My new rule from this is to always touch something, preferably metal, on the pump or car to discharge any static I might be ‘charged’ with before touching the nozzle.

Basic Refueling Safety Tips

  • If you’re lined up waiting to gas up, turn off your car when you are right behind the vehicle that is being fueled. You should turn it off anyway while waiting.
  • When it’s your turn, pull up beside the pump in the proper position. Shut off your engine and all accessories, including stereos and lights.
  • Close all doors and windows to keep the smell and vapors outside the car.
  • Remove the gas cap. Select the grade and other choices on the pump. Remove the nozzle from the pump and insert it into the filler tube.
  • Begin fueling. Stay and hold the nozzle for the full fill-up.
  • Do not prop the nozzle open under any circumstances.
  • Don’t re-enter your car during refueling. If you have to re-enter, make sure to touch something to discharge any static electricity before touching the nozzle.
  • If a fire should start at the nozzle, DO NOT REMOVE the nozzle from the filler pipe. Go immediately to the attendant to have the fuel shut off.
  • When the nozzle shuts off automatically, do not continue to fill the tank. I will round it up to the even dollar, at most.
  • Return the nozzle securely to the pump. Close the gas cap until it clicks. Some hats will click several times. Mine clicks once and is locked.
  • If any gas spills, inform the attendant for cleanup. Do not step into spilled fuel. It is slippery and stays on the bottom of your shoe. Your shoe will slip on the pedals and stink up the inside of the car with gas fumes. If you do step into a spill, wash the soles of your shoes right away with soap.
  • Don’t forget to pay for your gas.

Being conscious of these steps while refueling should make the whole experience somewhat uneventful, which in this instance is a good thing. If you want excitement, watch the above videos or rent an Action movie.