Gasoline safety tips
Published by the National Fire Protection Association on August 22, 2012.
Keep gasoline out of children’s sight and reach. Children should never handle gasoline.
If fire does start while handling gasoline, do not attempt to extinguish the fire or stop the flow of gasoline. Leave the area immediately, and call for help.
- Do not use or store gasoline near possible ignition sources (i.e., electrical devices, oil- or gas-fired appliances, or any other device that contains a pilot flame or a spark).
- Store gasoline outside the home (i.e., in a garage or lawn shed) in a tightly closed metal or plastic container approved by an independent testing laboratory or the local or state fire authorities. Never store gasoline in glass containers or non-reusable plastic containers (i.e., milk jugs).
- Store only enough gasoline necessary to power equipment, and let machinery cool before refueling it.
- Never use gasoline inside the home or as a cleaning agent.
- Clean up spills promptly and discard cleanup materials properly.
- Do not smoke when handling gasoline.
- Never use gasoline in place of kerosene.
- Use caution when fueling automobiles. Do not get in and out of the automobile when fueling. Although rare, an electrical charge on your body could spark a fire, especially during the dry winter months.
- Only fill portable gasoline containers outdoors. Place the container on the ground before filling and never fill containers inside a vehicle or in the bed of a pick-up truck.
- Follow all manufacturers instructions when using electronic devices (those with batteries or connected to an electrical outlet) near gasoline.
Diesel fuel safety tips
Diesel fuel is commonly used in construction machinery, industrial machinery and generators. There are three primary concerns associated with diesel fuel:
- Flammability: Diesel fuel is not nearly as flammable as gasoline or other common fuels (such as ethanol or propane) but it can catch fire and can be very difficult to extinguish. Do not smoke around diesel fuel.
- Skin Exposure: Diesel fuel can be absorbed through the skin very easily. It can cause skin irritation, redness and even burns. If the diesel fuel is not cleaned off, it will absorb into the skin and cause symptoms identical to inhalation.
- Inhalation: If diesel vapors are inhaled it can cause dizziness, nausea and increased blood pressure, among other symptoms.
What can you do to limit the harmful effects of diesel fuel?
- When fueling diesel powered vehicles or machinery, do so in a well
- If vehicles must be used indoors or in enclosed spaces, extra ventilation
should be provided to remove diesel exhaust.
- Wear gloves when working with diesel! Viton gloves have been shown to be most effective in protecting against diesel exposure.
- DO NOT USE VINYL OR BUTYL rubber gloves with diesel, as they offer no protection.
Maintain diesel vehicles and routinely check emission control devices.