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Fueling a PWC Safely

Fueling A PWC...Safely!

Serious accidents can also occur when fueling a PWC. Spilled or leaked fuel can ignite and explode, especially in an enclosed space. Here are some safety procedures for PWC operators to follow:

  • Check the entire fuel system for leaks
  • Check connections frequently. Motor vibrations and rough water may loosen connections
  • Avoid spills when fueling in or near the water
  • After fueling, open the door of the engine compartment and sniff to check for any evidence of gas fumes. Do this before starting the engine. If you do smell gas fumes, determine the source and make repairs immediately
  • Do not tip the PWC to "fill all the way up". The tank provides for fuel expansion; if tank is over-filled, gasoline may expand and spill into the water
Fuel Selector Switch On A PWC
This switch can help you avoid getting stranded without fuel.   



Before filling a tank or gas can, follow these guidelines:

  • The "Off" position should be used when the PWCs engine is turned off
  • The "On" position should be used while you are underway
  • The "Reserve" position should be used if you run out of fuel while underway. This will allow you to to return to shore. Don't forget to switch back to "On" after refueling

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