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Tips To Safely Refuel at the Gas Pump

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PIKESVILLE, Md. – The Maryland State Fire Marshal is telling people to be careful when dispensing gasoline into vehicles.

The fire marshal says though rare, sudden flash fires can happen when people put gas into their cars as result of a static electricity spark. A spark caused by static electricity can ignite gas vapors in or around the fuel fill site.

The fire marshal says when dry conditions exist, the chance for static electricity rises.

The fire marshal encourages people to touch a metal area away from the fill location on the vehicle to discharge any static built up from contact with the seat before touching the nozzle.

 "Serious injury or death can quickly change the outcome of a seemingly simple task when dispensing gasoline", stated State Fire Marshal Brian S. Geraci.  "Please educate yourself and share the following safety tips with others when filling vehicles and containers."

The fire marshal gives these tips when it comes to refueling safely:

  • Please follow the safety instructions provided on decals located on the gas pump housing.
  • Always turn-off vehicle engine when refueling.
  • Stay near the nozzle during the refueling process.
  • Refrain from re-entering your vehicle.  If you must re-enter the vehicle, discharge any static charge by touching a metal area like the car door before touching the nozzle.
  • When filling approved containers, always place the container on the ground, never fill containers on a vehicle or trailer.
  • Keep the nozzle in direct contact with the approved container while filling.
  • If a fire occurs, do not remove the nozzle.  Leave the area immediately and call for assistance.
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