Safety at the Gas Pump

Static electricity-related activities at retail gasoline outlets are very unusual, but the probability for them to occur appears to be the more during cool or cold and dry climate conditions. In rare situations, these static related incidents have resulted in a brief flash fire occurring at the fill point. Users can take steps to minimize these and other probability fueling hazards by following safe refueling procedures all year long.


Most essential, motorists should not get back into their vehicles during refueling. It may be a temptation to get back in the car for any number of reasons. But the average fill-up takes only two minutes, and staying outside the vehicle will greatly minimize the likelihood of any build-up of static electricity that could be discharged at the nozzle. Keeping certain points by Petroleum Wholesale Houston, you can follow tips to get best result in saving fuels:

  • Turn off your vehicle’s engine when refueling.

  • Keep gasoline and other fuels out of children’s sight and reach. Gasoline is highly toxic in addition to being a fire hazard. NEVER allow a child to pump gas.

  • It is highly restricted to smoke at the fuelling station.

  • Pay attention to what you’re doing. Pumping gas is the transfer of a hazardous substance; don’t engage in other activities.

  • If you must use any electronic device, such as cell phones, computers or portable radios while refueling, follow manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Use only the refueling latch on the gasoline dispenser nozzle, if there is one. Do not jam the latch with an object to hold it open.

  • To avoid spills, do not top off or overfill your vehicle.

  • After pumping gasoline, leave the nozzle in the tank opening for a few seconds to avoid drips when you remove it.

  • If a fire starts while you’re refueling, don’t remove the nozzle from the vehicle or try to stop the flow of gasoline. Leave the area immediately and call for help.

  • While refueling, don’t get in and out of your vehicle. Because a static electric charge can develop on your body as you slide across the seat, and when you reach for the pump, a spark can ignite gasoline vapor.

  • During refueling, if you have to get into the vehicle discharge any static electricity by touching metal on the outside of the vehicle, away from the filling point, before removing the nozzle from your vehicle.

  • Approved portable containers should only be used for transporting or storing gasoline. Make sure the container is in a stable position.

  • Never fill a portable container when it is in or on the vehicle. Always place the container on the ground first. Fires caused by static charges have occurred when people filled portable containers in the back of pick-up trucks, particularly those with plastic bed liners. Removing the container will also prevent a dangerous spill of gasoline.

  • When filling a portable container, keep the nozzle in direct contact with the container. Fill it only about 95 percent full to leave room for expansion.


By following the tips from professionals, it is sure that you can save enough fuel and also avoid any illegal activities at the fuelling station.

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