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After dealing with a non-profitable year in business, I sat down with my accounting team to see what the problem was. The results were surprising. They explained to me that the biggest expenses that year had nothing to do with product inventory or building upgrades. Instead, they explained to me that we were losing a lot of money taking care of workplace accidents. I realized that we needed to keep our factory employees safe, so we started evaluating our manufacturing and processing procedures. We uncovered a lot of deficiencies, and we took steps to make things right. This blog is all about protecting your workers.


Keeping Your Factory Employees Safe

9 Tips For Safely Storing Gasoline

Ellen Carlson

Gasoline is an important part of daily life. It helps power cars, lawn mowers, boats, power tools, and more. However, if not stored correctly, it can be dangerous for you and your family. You should only store gasoline if you absolutely need to. Here are nine safety tips when storing gasoline:

  1. First, always check your local city, county, and sate governments for safety regulations and standards regarding gasoline storage. There may be certain fire codes that restrict how much gasoline each homeowner is allowed to store. There may also be a limit to the size of each container of gasoline.
  2. Never use gasoline as a cleaner, barbecue igniter, or anything other than its intended use as a motor fuel.
  3.  Store gasoline in an approved tank or container and keep it closed tightly. Handle the container or containers gently to prevent spills.
  4. Gasoline is very flammable. You should store it at room temperature. Keep it away from sources of heat like sunlight, space heaters, hot water heaters, furnaces, or any sources of ignitions like pilot lights. Do not smoke anything around gasoline.
  5. Only pour gasoline into an engine when that engine is cool. Pouring it into a hot engine or a machine with hot parts could result in hot splashback or even ignition.
  6. You should store gasoline in a separate building from your house. For example, you can use a shed. This is to prevent the risk of your home catching on fire if something ignites the gasoline. Also, keep it away from children. This is for their own safety and because they may use gasoline in ways that endangers others.
  7. Never mix gasoline with kerosene or diesel. Also, do not use gasoline in a kerosene lamp.
  8. Always try to handle gasoline outdoors to provide better ventilation. Gas can be deadly if too many of its fumes are inhaled.
  9. Absorb small gasoline spills with paper, sawdust, or rags. For larger spills, you should contact your local hazard department or government and find out the proper way to dispose of spilled gasoline. Be sure to place your spilled gasoline in the appropriate cleanup containers. Never pour gasoline down the drain,  toilet, shower, or sewer. This could cause a fire in the groundwater or at nearby streams and lakes.

Gasoline is a fuel with many uses. If stored correctly, then you can safely enjoy the convenience of having it on hand. Be sure to follow the safety tips above to prevent any hazards. For more information, contact a company like Small & Sons Oil Dist Co.