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Flammable Liquids and Gas

It only takes a very small amount of flammable liquid or gas to cause a fire or explosion and you may not even be able to see or smell anything.  

Gasoline Safety Tips:

  • Store in small quantities in approved containers.
  • Never store gasoline in glass or plastic containers, or in a metal can with any plastic parts.
  • Never store gasoline in your home or in reach of children.
  • Never carry gasoline in the trunk of your automobile.
  • Always fill lawnmowers, snow blowers, etc., in a well ventilated area outside your home.
  • Move away from the fueling to start the motor, cool the engine before refueling. 
  • Don't smoke when you use gasoline or other flammable liquids.
  • If you use a flammable liquid, be sure to have a fire extinguisher for "B" type fires nearby.
  • Even if you have an extinguisher, it may not be safe to use it. Do not try to use water to put out a gasoline fire.  Get everyone away from the fire and call 9-1-1.
  • Never siphon by mouth.

Propane Safety Tips:                                           

  • Propane TanksPropane cylinders must be re-qualified for continued service every ten years.
  • Cylinders should never be more than 75 per cent full.
  • The cylinder must have a regulator with a vent opening that points downwards, so moisture can't build up inside it. If this isn't possible, cover the regulator to keep rain out.
  • Make sure cylinders are safe from tipping over when in use or when transporting.
  • Never transport a cylinder in a closed trunk, or within a small, closed vehicle. In a car, keep a window open in case there is a leak.
  • Never store a cylinder for a season inside a vehicle or any building, including a garage.
  • Use soapy water to test valves and connections for leaks. Bubbles indicate a leak - fix this immediately!