If your job involves fueling vehicles onsite or requires you to handle fuel for any reason, taking a few moments to review safe-handling procedures could save your life. Gasoline is highly flammable, and improper storage and handling can result in burns or explosions. To stay safe, follow these important tips:
- Never store more fuel than you need. Fuel laying around in storage can explode.
- Only handle fuel in well-ventilated areas.
- Use only approved fuel containers for transporting or storing fuel.
- Do not siphon gasoline from a hose with your mouth, this can result in fatality.
- Refrain from prolonged inhalation of fuel fumes.
- Do not allow fuel to encounter your bare skin.
- If your clothing has been soaked or stained with fuel, it will remain flammable even after it dries. Remove any clothing that touches fuel and wash it.
- Never smoke near a fuel delivery truck, the vapors from the truck can ignite, even if you dispose of your burning cigarette properly.
- Keep spill kits handy wherever fuel is stored or transported.
- Always make sure that caps on fuel containers, including vehicles, are closed.
- If you fuel cars or equipment at work, review safety manuals so that you know how to operate emergency fuel cutoffs.
- Know where all fire extinguishers are located at work.
- When fueling a vehicle or machine, make sure that the engine is shut off.
- Check fuel hoses routinely for kinks.
- When filling a portable fuel container, always allow a little bit of extra space for expansion of the fluid in different temperatures. This will avoid a spill that could later result in a fire or explosion.
- Do not use gasoline to start charcoal on a grill. Gasoline is not the same thing as a charcoal starter. Only use charcoal starters with grills.
- Never use gasoline to remove oil-based paint from your skin.
- Never store fuel in a container in your car.
- If you are burned by a fuel fire or explosion, seek immediate medical treatment and follow all treatment instructions. Never pop blisters on burns.
If you inhale gas fumes on a regular basis, or your skin is in contact with fuel for prolonged periods of time, you could suffer from respiratory problems, rashes, irritated eyes, dizziness, rapid heartbeat, nausea, or vomiting. Avoid meeting fuel or inhaling the fumes whenever possible.
Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent Workers Burned by Gas and Fuel Explosions
According to the National Fire Protection Association, a single gallon of gasoline is as explosive as 20 sticks of dynamite. Always exercise caution when working with or around fuel. If you have been injured on the job, call the experienced Columbia Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. at 803-929-3600 or contact us online to set up a free, confidential consultation.
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