This video will explain the best techniques to fill your boat with gas and prevent potential issues. ...read more
[Rob]. Hey everybody its Rob Nelson. I’m doing a little series with boat-ed.com and one of the videos is how to make sure you’re following proper safety procedures when you're putting fuel into your boat because it could be dangerous. So not only do you need to be safe but the plants and animal all around really don’t like that gasoline to be floating around in their environment. So we made this little video to make sure that you’re safe and responsible when you fill up your gas thanks. So check it out.
[Female]. Now there is a big difference between this kind of power and this kind of power. And the difference is this paddle is not going to explode into flames and burn your boat into the water. The stuff and its fumes are combustible. So they are a few comments and practices that we follow like these.
Turnoff anything that might cause a spark or has open flames, see your manual for examples. Smoking definitely not, a cigarette can start a fire. Fumes can settle into low spaces and stay there long after fueling creating a dangerous situation. So close any openings to keep fumes from entering the boat while you’re fueling. Disconnect and remove portable fuel tanks from the boat and fill them on the dock. Fuel up during the day when you can clearly see what you’re doing. Night fueling should only be done in an emergency.
[Rob]. And everybody has got to be off the boat before fueling and finally have one of these on hand. Fire extinguisher you bet always keep one handy. And while we fill up, we keep the nozzle in contact with the tank opening to prevent it from producing static sparks. And we never fill a tank to the top which helps us avoid spilling fuel into the boat’s bilge or into the water. Plus it leaves room for the fuel to expand.
Now if you like that you’re probably going to want to see the whole video at boat-ed.com. It’s a site where you can get certified in boat safety and of course leave comments for us, we love to hear from you and we see you next time.