Reckless Use and Improper Storage of Gasoline – Burn Awareness Week 2010

Gasoline and other flammable liquid-related burns are a preventable problem.  The State Fire Marshal’s Office offers the following safety tips:
Gasoline Use –
·         Use gasoline only to fuel an engine.  That is its only use!
·         Remember that gasoline vapors can be ignited by a spark, flame or other source of heat that is located many feet away.
·         DON’T use gasoline as a starter fluid or accelerant for charcoal grills.
·         DON’T use gasoline as a cleaning solution, solvent, accelerant or insecticide.
·         DON’T use gasoline as a fuel in devices designed for other fuels, such as kerosene.
Handling Gasoline –
·         DON’T allow children to touch gasoline or a gasoline container, even under supervision.
·         DON’T store or use gasoline near a flame source, such as matches, lighters and pilot lights on stoves and water heaters.
·         DON’T use gasoline indoors.
·         DON’T siphon gasoline by mouth, as it is harmful or fatal if swallowed.
·         DON’T induce vomiting if gasoline is swallowed.  Instead, seek immediate medical attention.
Storing Gasoline –
·         Store gasoline only in an approved gasoline container and keep a class B type extinguisher nearby.
·         Store gasoline in a cool and well-ventilated area, such as a shed and preferably in a locked cabinet out of the reach of children.
·         DON’T store gasoline anywhere inside the home or vehicle and never store more than one gallon of gas.
Gasoline Containers –
·         The container must have a tight fitting cap for both the spout and vent, be predominantly red in color and properly labeled, “GASOLINE”, and bear a warning label about the dangers of gasoline.
·         DON’T put anything other than gasoline in a gasoline container.
For more information on burn prevention, please visit the Burn Awareness Week website at