Gasoline when harnessed properly serves as a vital source of energy. Treated carelessly, it can become an explosive monster. Many people are killed or seriously injured each year because they did not treat gasoline as a potential killer. Here we will discuss how you can protect yourself from being injured or from causing a fire or explosion.
Gasoline Facts
  • Gasoline doesn’t burn. It’s the gas vapors that burn.
  • Gas vapors are heavier than air. As a result, they collect in low areas.
  • Any type of spark can ignite gas vapors.
  • Gasoline should never be allowed to come into contact with your skin. Immediately clean the area contacted.
  • Don’t use it as a solvent for cleaning tools or parts.
  • Always store in approved safety cans. Insure the can has proper labeling (i.e., Flammable plus the type of fuel such as gasoline.)
  • Always mark the storage can “GASOLINE - NO SMOKING”
  • Remember, an empty can is more dangerous than a full one (because of the gas vapors).
  • Always flush out empty cans.
  • Keep all containers tightly closed.
Transferring Gasoline
  • Never transfer gasoline from one container to another in an area where there is any chance of ignition.
  • Clean up any spills immediately. It is a safety, health and environmental hazard.
  • Be wary of static electricity. Always use grounding straps when fueling from an above ground tank.
Remember: Working around or with gasoline is like working around dynamite. Only the gasoline, if improperly handled, can be more dangerous. Remember the safety rules for handling gasoline; and use your common sense.