There’s no use crying over spilled fuel. No matter where you are, you should always practice safe refueling on any device the Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority recommends.
The Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority has provided the following eight tips to keep you safe:
- Only use fuel containers that are rated for use with flammable fuels.
- Never overfill fuel containers or reservoirs.
- Keep mixed fuels (oil and fuel mixes) in separate containers.
- Let engines cool down before refuelling.
- Do not smoke while refuelling.
- Clean up any spilled fuel before starting an engine.
- Do not store fuel containers in areas that are not well vented or will see high temperatures.
- Remember that liquid fuel doesn’t burn, fuel vapours burn, so empty fuel containers are still dangerous.
Dan Heney is the Regional Deputy Chief with the Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority.
“Gasoline is one of the most common fuels used in internal combustion engines because it ignites very easily, burns very quickly and releases a large amount of energy,” Deputy Chief Heney told Lakeland Connect. “Consequently, it is used so often that many folks forget that risks involved, and those same traits make it potentially dangerous if not handled safely.”