Flammable Liquids Gasoline

As spring approaches and snow makes way for green grass, the use of gasoline powered lawn equipment and recreational equipment will increase. Gasoline can be dangerous, even explosive, if not handled and stored properly. The Marquette City Fire Department would like to avoid any possible gas related accidents by offering information on safe handling and storage of gasoline.

Gasoline should only be used as a motor fuel, and stored only when absolutely necessary. It should not be used as a solvent, cleaner, fire-starter, or for any other non-engine use. Gasoline vapors are highly flammable and can ignite at temperatures as low as -45 degrees Celsius. A single cup of gasoline, when vaporized and ignited, has the explosive power of five sticks of dynamite.

There are some easy ways to make use of gas powered equipment safer. They include:

         Use only approved storage vessels for storing or transporting fuel

         Do not pour fuel into the tank of a running engine

         Do not run a gasoline engine inside a garage or storage shed

         Allow engines to cool before performing maintenance or refueling

         Do not smoke while servicing or refueling

         Gas powered devices and portable gasoline cans should be stored away from living areas in storage sheds or detached garages when possible

         Do not alter or by-pass any safety device provided by manufacturer

The need to transport gasoline is more prevalent in the summer. Great care needs to be taken in choosing, filling and transporting portable gasoline cans. People are injured every year by static charged flash fires and explosions.

When dispensing gasoline into a portable gas can, use only an approved container. Always place the container on the ground and keep the pump nozzle in contact with the container. This will lessen the likelihood of a static electricity ignition of fuel vapors. Containers should never be filled inside a vehicle, in a trunk, on/in the bed of a pickup truck, or the floor of a trailer. The safest place to fill a gasoline can is on the ground. When filling is done, be sure that the can cap is screwed on tight and that the vent opening is closed.