Though gas pump accidents are rare, it is important to be aware of the inherent dangers of fueling your tank. To avoid potential fueling hazards, follow these safety guidelines. Remember, gasoline is very flammable including the fumes.
Safe Refueling Tips
- Turn off your engine before beginning to refuel.
- Never smoke, light matches or use lighters when refueling at the pump or when you are using gasoline anywhere else.
- Stay outside of your vehicle while you are refueling in case something goes wrong and you need to press the emergency stop button.
In the event that static electricity does cause a fire to occur, leave the nozzle in the fill pipe and move away from your vehicle. Then, notify the station attendant immediately so they can rectify the problem and call for assistance.
- Do not use your cell phone or other electronic devices while filling up your tank. Static electricity from the device can cause the fuel to ignite when phones or other devices light up when they ring. In theory, these devices can release enough energy to provide a spark. Leave these items in your car and make the call when you are done.
- When dispensing gasoline into a container, only use an approved portable container. Place it on the ground when you are filling it up to avoid a possible static electricity ignition of the gasoline vapors. Never fill these containers in your car or on the bed of a pickup truck.
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This information is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice. Should you have any questions or would like to discuss your risk exposure with your auto insurance, please contact the insurance pros at ARCW Insurance. We are here to help.