Common Sense When Handling Gasoline
Like propane, gasoline is a common fuel around home and at the cottage during summer. It powers our lawnmowers, chain saws, weed trimmers, outboard motors, ATVs and more. Just like propane, gasoline must be handled properly to minimize the risk of incidents and maximize the benefits it provides.
Storage Safety Tips
- Store gasoline in an approved container or tank.
- Avoid storing gasoline in glass or unapproved containers. Avoid storing gasoline in your home or cottage. Keep it in a detached garage or shed and away from heat sources.
When Filling Containers
- Be at least 3 metres away from ignition sources Do not smoke. Shut off the vehicle's engine.
- In RVs and campers turn off auxiliary sources of ignition such as heaters, pilot lights and cooking units prior to refueling.
- Portable containers must be placed on the ground and the nozzle must stay in contact with the container when filling to prevent buildup and discharge of static electricity. Never siphon gasoline by mouth. Fill containers no more than 95% full to allow for expansion. Tighten both the fill cap and the vent cap on the container after filling. Never leave a container of gasoline in direct sunlight or in the trunk of a car.
- Use gasoline as a motor fuel only.
- Never use gasoline as solvent or cleaner.
- Never use gasoline to start a fire or pour it on a fire that is already lit. The fire can rush back up the stream and ignite the container in your hand.
- Never try to extinguish a gasoline fire with water. It will only spread the fire. Use a BC Class fire extinguisher.
- Wait for lawnmowers, chain saws or any machinery to cool before refueling them.
Never use gasoline indoors!!!
Never pour gasoline on the ground, in a sewer or drain, or into a lake or river. Not only does it contaminate the environment, it may cause a fire or explosion. Unwanted gasoline must be taken to a hazardous waste disposal centre.
- Have a minimum 5 BC rated fire extinguisher on board.
- Before fueling turn off boat engine as well as all auxiliary power sources and pilot lights on gas appliances.
- Make sure everyone leaves the boat.
- When fuelling, lift engine cover to check for leaks and odours.
If safe, turn on and run bilge blower for at least four minutes before staring engine. Keep open flame at least 3 metres away from fuel source.