Gasoline, petroleum and compressed natural gas (CNG) are few standard fuels; we use every day to keep our machines and vehicle engines running. As these petrochemicals are highly flammable and toxic, domestic users are not allowed to store these volatile liquids in larger quantities. According to international fire codes and regulations, household users can store maximum 25 gallons only in approved containers. Homeowners are suggested to distribute this quantity in smaller vessels.
When it comes to storing gasoline in Dubai at gas stations, huge petroleum tanks are used. Though these fuel pumps are constructed according to international standards to avoid fire incidents, a small act of carelessness can cause a fire. They understand the real danger of tiny sparks and explosions at gas stations. From staff training to installing fire extinguishers and smoke alarms; they purposefully equip their facilities to tackle fire incidents proactively.
Despite following precaution and safety measures, 100% elimination of fire incidents at the fuel pump is not possible. This is because the number of vehicles has significantly increased. Static electricity is the primary cause of the fire. It often occurs when customers don’t follow the recommendations while filling the vehicle tanks.
Here I am sharing essential safety tips consumers must follow while visiting a gas station to refill the fuel.
- Don’t forget to turn off the vehicle engine at the time of refuelling.
- Never allow your kid to fuel and play with a nozzle in the tank. Gasoline is a high octane volatile fuel. It has to be handled extremely carefully as it emits highly flammable fumes.
- Avoid using lighter and matches to light cigarettes during refuelling.
- Don’t let you engage in other activities while refilling the fuel tank. Pay full attention to do it accurately.
- If there is urgency to use a cell phone, Step out and walk away from your car to use it and follow advice of pump attendant.
- Don’t block the latch on the fuel dispenser nozzle with an object to hold it open. Using an object will block the latch.
- Do not overfill your vehicle to avoid gasoline spills on the ground. Leave the nozzle in the tank for few seconds. This will stop dripping fuel on the ground while putting back vent on the place.
- In case of fire or spark during refueling, don’t remove the nozzle from the vehicle. Leave the site immediately and call for help.
- Don’t get in and out of your car while refueling the tank. Our bodies develop static electric charges after rubbing and sliding to the surface. If you are trying to get in or out, a static charge will produce.
- Static charge when interacting with gasoline vapor can produce fire.
If it is necessary to enter the vehicle while filling the tank; touch metal body from outsides away from the point of fuel filling to discharge static charges.
- Always use containers, which are approved for storing and transporting gasoline. Take it out and place on the ground for filling. Maintain direct contact with nozzle and vessel to avoid spills. Don’t overfill and leave some space for gases and fumes.
Endnote: Having been heavier from air, gasoline vapors settle down on the ground and burn when a hot surface, static spark or open flame interacts with it. This why pumps and retailers selling gasoline in Dubai pay special attention on safety and security.