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10 Ways to Stay Safe While Pumping Gas

Stay Safe While Pumping GasSometimes when we’re at the gas pump, we forget about the risk when gas and flammable liquids are around. The main danger at the pump is the gas vapors which can cause trouble when mixed with something flammable on the ground like a cigarette bud or static spark. When you’re fueling up, keep these tips in mind to stay safe while pumping gas:

  • Always turn off your car. Put your car in park and set the emergency brake.
  • Refrain from smoking or lighting a flame. Open flames are a recipe for disaster!
  • Stay close by when filling up.
  • If you get back into your car, make sure you touch the exterior metal before you grab the pump. This discharges any static charge you may have picked up on a car seat.
  • Pay attention to what you’re doing.
  • After pumping gas, leave the nozzle in the tank opening for a few seconds to avoid drips when you remove it.
  • Use approved gas containers and use them the correct way. If you’re using a container, touch the pump to it so that you avoid any static electricity ignition. Don’t fill the container any more than 95% to allow room for expansion.
  • Don’t top off your tank with extra gas – this could cause a spill.
  • Wash your hands when you’re done fueling up.
  • If a fire starts, leave the area immediately. Don’t remove the nozzle or cut off the gas before you leave.