Being alert regarding a potential fire at a fuel station is probably the most common safety measure you can take while refueling your car, but taking precautions is not limited to this. One needs to think beyond the obvious to be safe at such a potentially dangerous place.
Let us help you out here! Here are some fuel station precautions that you must observe for a safe refueling experience:
#1 Safety first (kids)
It is of utmost importance that kids are under supervision at a fuel station. As large vehicles also maneuver at petrol stations, it is important to instruct kids to remain in a safe place while refueling. Safety comes first and should not be taken lightly as fuel station can quickly turn into a dangerous place due to high levels of stored fuel.
#2 Kill the engine
Once you halt at the fuel station, be sure to turn off the car engine before an attendant begins refueling your vehicle. It is a safety measure that should be taken even though no major cases of accidents have been reported regarding not killing the engine. One cannot deny the possibility that fuel can dribble through the nozzle and pose a threat of fire. Thus, consider switching off the car’s engine as a precaution.
#3 Keep away from fire
A fuel station is filled with tons and tons of combustibles that pose a huge threat of ignition. Thus, it is an obvious precaution that you should not use any item that could start a fire. Do not smoke at a fuel pump, do not play with the lighter, do not light a matchstick, don’t let kids use the magnifying glass, and so on. Any potential item can cause a fire. Keep them away while refueling.
#4 Switch off your Cell phone
It is scientifically proven that cell phones emit radiations. Your device may heat up on a sunny day and pose a threat of explosion. This could prove to be highly dangerous at a fuel station. Always be sure to switch your phone off before you enter the petrol pump.
#5 Beware of thieves
Always be aware of your surrounding and personal belongings while on a journey. There are chances that you might roll the windows of your car down and move away from the car. If you are not attentive enough, there are chances that someone might take your belongings from the car. Thus, do not leave your car unattended.
#6 Don’t be forgetful
Few examples of being forgetful are, to leave your cell phone on the top of your car and driving off. Forgetting to take your credit/debit card after making the payment. Forgetting to close the lid of the fuel tank after refueling, etc. Be sure to take your things along when you leave the fuel pump.
#7 Miscellaneous Tips
Always have a holistic approach towards taking precautions at a fuel station. Avoid filling any extra fuel containers by placing them inside the car. Avoid creating static electricity, it can create sparks and light a fire. Touch a metal bar in case you observe the presence of static electricity. Also, in case a fire breaks out at a fuel pump try to the leave the spot as soon as possible.
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