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Winter Safety Techniques for Refuelling
Winter Safety Strategies for Refuelling
Dec 12, 2014
By Staff Writer
As a result of dry air and cold weather, static electricity increases in the wintertime. Though it’s primarily annoying, it can ignite fuel at the gas pump. Consider these winter safety tips while refuelling.
Winter Safety Tips for Refuelling
Static Buildup at the Pump
You may be tempted to jump back into your warm vehicle while filling up, but don’t. If you touch a good conductor – such as a metal pump – that static buildup can release and ignite the fuel, your whole body sliding across the seat creates friction, and.
Safe Fuelling Practices
Remaining outside your car or truck is the best way to prevent gas pump fires. Touch a metal object before touching the pump in the event you must return back into your vehicle. Also, when filling portable gas containers, set them on the ground to minimize the transfer of static electricity.
Below are a few more gas station safety tips:
Follow Canadian laws: Turn your vehicle off when refuelling and never smoke within 7.5 metres of the pump.
Don’t top off the tank – fuel could overflow, a gas station hazard.
Use only portable gasoline containers authorized by the Canadian Standards Association or Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada.
Don’t let children refuel vehicles or play around gas pumps.
How to deal with a Pump Fire
Responding appropriately can help minimize any damage, though a gas pump fire can be scary.
Understand how to react in desperate situations
1. Leave the nozzle in the gas tank to prevent spreading the fire.
2. Back away from your vehicle and notify the station attendant immediately.
3. If nobody is available, locate and push the emergency shutdown button.