Gasoline and diesel fuels are flammable, and therefore they can be dangerous, so always use caution. Never smoke anywhere near where fuel is handled, especially at the pump.

Additional cautions when handling gasoline

  • If you get gasoline on your skin, wash with soapy water right away to avoid potential skin irritations. Do not smoke or light a match until you are sure all gasoline has been removed
  • If you get gasoline on your vehicle, wipe it with a rag or paper towel. Do not smoke or light a match until you are sure all gasoline has been removed
  • Gasoline should only be used for its intended purpose – as a motor fuel. Never use gasoline in kerosene heaters or lamps
  • Do not mix gasoline with kerosene or diesel. Also, do not use gasoline in kerosene heaters or lamps

Safety precautions at the station

  • Gas stations are busy places with lots of vehicles and people moving around. As a safety precaution, we recommend that your children remain in the vehicle
  • It is safe to use the Speedpass+TM app on your smartphone at the station. However, we recommend you shut off your car before using your cell phone and refrain from using your phone when walking across the station

How to store gasoline safely

Gasoline can be dangerous if not stored properly. It should only be stored when absolutely necessary in an appropriate container.

Guidelines for safe storage

  • Gasoline must be stored in an approved fuel can or tank – usually 5 gallons or less. Be sure to leave some room in the container to allow for some expansion
  • Keep gasoline containers tightly sealed and handle them gently to avoid spills
  • Store gasoline at room temperature, away from potential heat sources such as the sun, a hot water heater, a space heater or a furnace
  • Store gasoline in a detached shed or garage – at least 50 feet away from ignition sources, such as pilot lights. Gasoline vapors are heavier than air and can travel along the floor to ignition sources
  • Be sure to check with your local authorities for any additional regulations regarding fuel storage

Culled from exxon

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