NOTE: The lower the flash point, the
greater the risk of vapors being produced, which increases the risk the flammable
substance will ignite.
- Gas water heaters should be installed so that the pilot
light/flame is at least 18 inches above the floor.
- Use only the safest product available for the intended job
Remember: Gasoline has only one purpose:
to fuel an engine.
When filling a gasoline container, leave about
two inches of space at the top of the can for vapor expansion. Remember, gasoline may be
cold when it comes from a service station fuel tank, and it may expand considerably as it
warms up. This could result in pressure build-up and spillage.
- Always fuel power mowers and other equipment outside where
there is adequate ventilation to disperse the vapors. Use a funnel to prevent spilling or
- Fuel engines only when they are cool. The heat of the engine
can ignite the gasoline vapors. When you run out of fuel, let the engine cool before
refilling. Cool it before you fuel it.
- When fueling a boat, allow gasoline vapors to dissipate before
starting the engine. Accumulated vapors in low places (such as below the deck of a boat)
have caused many explosions and fires when the boat engines were started.
If you must store gasoline, follow these
- Store gasoline and other flammable liquids only in metal
containers, preferably safety cans.
- Keep the container tightly sealed.
- Store in a well-ventilated area, away from any source of
- Lock up the container to prevent access by children.
- Do not store gasoline in your basement.
- Store only a minimal amount of gasoline.