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


Lakshmi Atwal

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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.

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