While filling up your gas tank is usually a mundane task – and one you’ve probably been doing since you first started driving – there are a few things you should know to ensure a safe an incident-free fill-up every time. Here at Lewis Nissan, we’ve come up with five gas pump safety tips you should make habit.
Shut her down. Make sure you always shut your car down before refueling. Opening your gas cap will signal to your car that there is a leak in your fuel system, which will engage your check engine light. Leaving the engine running is terrible for your car, and can also be dangerous.
Stay off the phone (and other electronics). Fuel is a dangerous and combustible fluid, making it imperative that you pay attention to everything happening around you at the pump. Directing your attention to your phone both makes you less aware of your surroundings, and can prove to be dangerous.
Avoid fire. This may sound obvious, but it’s well-worth mentioning. Avoid smoking, lighting matches, or anything else that could ignite the fuel.
Don’t walk away. Never leave your vehicle while you are refueling. Although pumps are engineered to automatically shut down when the tank is full, it’s impossible to know for sure that it won’t malfunction, leaving gallons of flammable liquid on the ground.
Only used approved containers. When filling a container with gasoline, be sure it’s an approved container. Only fill the container when it’s placed on the ground, and keep the nozzle inside the container until it’s about 95 percent full, leaving room for expansion.
For more information, visit nfpa.org.