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Fueling A Boat or PWC

Serious accidents can occur when fueling a boat. Here are some safety procedures to follow:

  • Check the entire fuel system for leaks
  • Tighten connections frequently. Engine vibration and rough water can loosen them
  • Always remove portable tanks from the boat
  • Turn off all engines and electrical equipment; shut off all fuel valves; close all windows, doors and openings. Try to fuel in daylight
  • If light is required, use a flash- light or a light that is spark proof
  • Never smoke or strike a match while fueling or when near a fueling dock

The most important safe fueling practice...

If your boat is equipped with a power ventilation system, turn it on for at least four minutes after fueling, prior to starting your engine. This eliminates gas vapors in the bilge. 

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

  • Remove portable tanks from the boat
  • Touch the fuel pipe or tank with the spout
  • This prevents buildup of static electricity, which could produce a spark
  • Never fill a tank to the brim. Leave room for gas to expand
  • After fueling, put the fill cap on tightly to prevent vapors from escaping
  • Immediately wipe up any spilled gas. Air out the rag after using it. Never throw it in the boat or the water
  • Store gas onboard in a safety-approved storage tank, away from the engine in an area of good ventilation
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