Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Jun 27, 2018
Gasoline is something that is used everyday - at work and at home. Keeping your gasoline stored safely and properly is very important to avoid injuries as well as property damage.
WHAT IS GASOLINE
Gas is a very flammable liquid that is a brownish, sometimes pink in color. It has a very strong smell and the vapors of the gas can travel to a source of ignition and flash back. That's why it is important to store your gasoline properly to avoid fires from starting.
-over 6,500 fires a year because of improper storing of gasoline
-over 500 deaths caused by fires
-over 500 million dollars in property damage from fires
-If you have gasoline on your hand or skin and you are around a fire, get away from it immediately
-It is important to wear PPE while handling gas
-Do not store the gas near any ignition sources
-Do not use gas for anything other than it's purpose
-If gas gets on your body, you should wash it right away with soap
-Do not light a match or any fire while there is gas on you
-Do not ever mix gas with kerosene or diesel
-Avoid breathing in fumes
STORING YOUR GAS
-You must store in a can for gasoline
-Do not store more than 5 gallons in a container
-Do not fill to the top, so the gas has room to expand
-You should store at room temperature
-Never store around ignition sources
-Also check with your local authorities for regulations on storage
-Do not store in your house
-Have a class B extinguisher near your storage area
GETTING SMELL OFF YOUR HANDS
You could try mixing vanilla extract and water together on your hands. You could also try lemon juice or rubbing alcohol. Once you have the smell off of your skin you should wash your hands with soap and water.
EXPIRATION OF GAS
Gasoline should be used within the month that you buy it. If you store the gas as you should than it could last at least six months.
PORTABLE GAS CONTAINER
-Must have a tight cap for the spout and vent
-Has to be a red container and labeled "GAS"
-Should have a warning label
-Do not use glass or plastic to store gas
-Do not store in car, only for a short distance
-Keep in trunk of the car
-Do not leave in the car with heat
If you haven't read our #YHSafetyTips post from last week on preventing amputations, read it here.
Resources: https://www.safetytalkideas.com/safetytalks/gasoline-safety/ https://www.exxon.com/en/gasoline-safety-storage