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What safety precautions should you take while filling the fuel tank of a gasoline powered boat?

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Lakshmi Atwal

Always be kind

The primary reason behind explosions and fires in boats are Gasoline and its fumes. Thus, it is quite essential to beware while fueling boat. It should be kept in mind that gasoline is not spilled and its vapors are not spread as well. People would make a big mistake if they left on motors, fans or engines while fueling. Inhaling the fumes of gasoline is also very toxic. Therefore, it is suggested not to keep face toward the container while opening the cap. Having a handy towel would be great to clear off the minor spills if any.

Be sure

As we all know that ‘prevention is better than cure.’ Therefore, it is quite important to ensure that no fuel line is cracked or damaged before fueling. This means that before fuel the boat tank one must check the wires and tighten up the connections. Not only before fueling but these things should be checked regularly.

Turn everything off to get started

Never begin fueling a boat tank with gasoline without turning off everything. Here, everything means all the electrical equipment as well as engines. Along with that, it is highly recommended not to fuel while smoking. Throw away that lighter you always carry, no cooking gas or stove should be there. Fuel valves should also be shut completely off at that time. If you have a modern boat with installed blower systems, turn off that as well. Along with all these things it is also suggested to fuel the boat in the daylight.

Fill-up the tank now: steps with precautions

  • If there are portable tanks on the boat remove it and put them on the ground or a dock that is stable.

  • Never fill up a boat’s tank up to its throat. Filling up 85-90 percent of the tank would be just enough. It is important because gas expands and filling up 100% will leave no room for that. Plus, the possibility of overflow also minimizes.

  • Make sure that there is proper ventilation.

  • As soon as fueling is done to replace the cap and close it tightly. This ensures fuel vapors do not escape.

In case of a gasoline engine that is inboard do not ignite the boat soon after fueling. First of all, turn the blower on and leave for at least 4 to 5 minutes. Never fill the portable tanks on the boat itself. Along with that remember to store these tanks in an area that is adequately ventilated. Last but not least don’t keep the tanks near electrical equipment or engine as well.


Tania Olteanu

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The major reason responsible for the explosions and burst of fires inside boats is nothing but Gasoline and associated fumes. So it is important to remain careful at the time of fueling a boat. One needs to keep in mind that the gasoline should remain unspilled and the vapors remain outspread. It will be a poor mistake if the motors, fans, and engines remain on at the time of fueling. The face needs to be covered well as inhaling the gasoline fumes will turn out to be very toxic. You should turn the face away from the container when opening the cap. Use of a hand towel can be done for clearing off any minor spills.

 The steps involved at the time of filling the tank:

•  Always keep fuel-pump hose nozzle in contact with boat tank opening. It will protect from the production of any static spark.

•  Avoid any fuel spilling fuel in boat’s bilge or even water.

•  Ensure the tank is not completely filled fill a tank to up to brim— you need to keep room for expansion.

•  Wipe out any type of spilled fuel.

•  When fueling is over, you need to make sure to replace the cap as well as the nozzle. 

•  Never make use of any hands-free clips

•  Always avoid getting distractions at the time of fueling as this may lead to tank spilling

•  It is advisable to use oil-only pad absorbent surrounding the deck-fill or the nozzle for catching any type of stray drops of the fuel.
Above are a few precautionary tips that you must take when filling the fuel of your boat. You can take other precautions too that you consider must for protection but do include the above me

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