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Safety Tips: Gasoline
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- In 1998, 4,700 gasoline fires in U.S. homes killed 86 people, injured 463 others, and damaged $92 million worth of property.
- Among the causes of these fires:
- Spilling fuel
- Using gasoline to wash auto parts or to clean something
- Storing gasoline too close to a source of heat source
- Kids playing with gas
- Using it to start a grill or bonfire.
- Store gasoline where children can’t see or reach it.
- Never allow children to handle gasoline.
- Don’t use or store gasoline near anything that runs on electricity, oil or gas; anything that contains a pilot light; or anything that can produce a spark.
- Store gasoline outside your house, in a garage or shed, for example. Keep gas in a tightly closed, metal or plastic container specifically made for gasoline. Don’t use milk jugs or other bottles.
- Keep the minimum amount of gas you need for your mower or other tools.
- Never use gasoline in place of kerosene.
- When you are putting gas in your car, don’t get back into and then out of the car.
- Have a fire extinguisher marked for “B” type fires (gasoline and other flammable liquids). Know how to use it.