Did you know that it’s against the law to leave your vehicle engine running when refueling? Now you do!
Gas vapours, which are heavier than air, linger at ground level and in enclosed spaces and can flow in pools and gaseous streams. All it would take to create an explosion is a mix of fuel vapours, enough oxygen, and a source of ignition. Ignition sources can vary from a cigarette spark, to a hot exhaust pipe, to static electricity.
True of False, Static electricity can be created by getting in and out of the vehicle? The answer is true.
- Do not re-enter the vehicle while refuelling. Also, be sure not to smoke within 7.5 metres (or 25 feet) of a gasoline pump, including inside the vehicle.
- We are striving for a safer community. (Alberta Safety Codes Act, section 18.104.22.168.1) Don’t smoke within 7.5 metres (25 feet) of a gasoline pump (3 metres or 10 feet in Ontario).
- Don’t leave your vehicle engine running when refueling.
- Don’t jam the pump nozzle open when you’re refueling at a self- serve.
- Don’t allow children to play around pump islands – or to hold or activate the pump nozzle.
- Use only approved containers to carry fuel.
- Treat all fuels with respect. Store them in approved containers, in clean, well-ventilated places. Handle them with great care and use them only as motor fuel.
Flowing gasoline causes static buildup. This happens at the point where gasoline vapors are in the “just right to burn” range. You’ll notice that the nozzle of the fuel hose is metal. So is the tube that goes into your fuel tank. This is by design. It is designed so that the static that builds as the fuel
flows has a continuous path to “ground”. If this contact is not made, sparks (in the form of static discharge) can fly and ignite the vapor.
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