Gasoline is flammable and can be very dangerous if not handled or stored correctly. It is imperative that anyone who works around or uses fuels understands how to handle them. A simple mistake can have serious consequences. The following will teach you how to stay safe while handling and storing gasoline.
How to handle gasoline safely
As stated above, gasoline is an extremely flammable substance. Never smoke or light a match at a fuel station or anytime you are near gasoline. If gasoline comes in contact with your skin, it should be washed off with soapy water immediately to avoid skin irritations. Even if you have a small amount of fuel on you, a spark can still ignite a flame.
If you get fuel on your vehicle, wipe it off with a rag. Be sure not to smoke or light a match until you know that all the fuel has been removed. Finally, use gasoline only for its intended purpose. You should never use gasoline in lamps or kerosene heaters and never mix gasoline with diesel fuel or kerosene.
Storing gasoline safely
Gasoline can be very dangerous if not stored correctly. In fact, you should only store this fuel when it is absolutely necessary. If you are storing fuel, it must be placed in an approved fuel tank or can. These tanks are usually five gallons or less. Be sure to leave room in the container to allow for expansion when you are filling it with gasoline. Finally, tightly seal the container and handle it gently to avoid spills.
Gasoline should be stored at room temperature and kept away from heat sources like furnaces, hot water heaters, and the sun. Place tanks in a detached garage or shed, preferably fifty feet away from ignition sources. The vapors from fuel are heavier than air and they can travel along the floor to an ignition source. You should check with local authorities to see if there are additional regulations for fuel storage in your area.
It is important for anyone who handles gas to understand how to safely store this fuel. If you would like to learn more about proper storage procedures for fuel, contact the professionals at Kendrick Oil today. You can call us (800) 299-3991 or Contact Us by email for more information about our products and services. We have locations in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, and Louisiana.