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Checklist For Fueling Safety


Checklist For Fueling Safety

Published Monday, January 29, 2018
by Diane Hipp


More often than not, fires from improper fueling of equipment are the result of an unsafe act by an individual worker. The following precautionary measures should be taken to avoid a fire involving the fueling of equipment:

  • Park, shut down, and secure and lock all equipment prior to fueling.
  • A vehicle or piece of equipment should never be refueled while the engine is running.
  • Vehicles should not be refueled inside a building.
  • Hot engines and catalytic converters should be allowed to cool prior to fueling.
  • No smoking or open flames should be permitted within 25 ft (7.6 m) of a vehicle being refueled.
  • Only approved pumps, hoses, and nozzles should be used. Safety cans should be used for smaller quantities of fuel.
  • Spills should be avoided. If a spill does occur, it should be contained and cleaned up promptly using sand or other suitable absorbent compounds.
  • The fuel tank of a vehicle should not be filled completely. Space should be left to allow for expansion of the fuel as the temperature rises.
  • Fuel should be stored in an approved, secured tank located on level ground, remote from work areas.
  • Equipment repair areas should be located away from work, storage, and fueling areas, and an adequate number of suitable fire extinguishers should be provided.
  • A filled, operable fire extinguisher should always be available in the refueling area.
  • All vehicles should be equipped with approved fire extinguishers. Vehicle operators should be instructed in the use of extinguishers and should check them daily.
  • An approved fire extinguisher should be mounted on all equipment and should be located away from the fuel system during refueling.


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