Gasoline Safety

Monday, August 16, 2010

Gasoline is an important part of our everyday lives. It lets us run our cars and trucks, getting the kids to school and the groceries home. But gasoline can be dangerous if not handled or stored properly. Dr. Edward Hill discusses gasoline safety in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Gasoline is so much a part of our everyday living that we forget how dangerous it can be if not properly handled or stored.

The number one hazard of gasoline is fire or explosion. Since gas vapors are heavier than air, they move along close to the ground and can collect in low areas. One gallon of gasoline can explode with the same force as 14 sticks of dynamite.

When handling, transporting, or storing gasoline take all necessary safety precautions.

Never use gasoline as a cleaner, solvent or charcoal lighter. The vapors may float along the ground and contact an ignition source, causing an explosion.

Use gasoline in open areas where there will be plenty of fresh air and keep it away from your skin and eyes. Avoid prolonged breathing of gasoline vapors.

Store gasoline in approved metal or plastic containers only.

Following these rules for the safe handling of gasoline will reduce your chance of injury or even death.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.