At Priority Rental, a Herc Rentals Business, we always err on the side of caution. Our number one priority is safety for our customers, staff, and anyone else we come across.
Because some of our inventory requires fueling, we want to make sure all of our customers are informed on how to safely get fuel from the pump into our portable heater units. When filling a gas tank there are precautionary measures to take in order to stay safe. For example, static electricity can explosively ignite gasoline vapors that are present during the fueling process. Failure to follow proper safety protocol can result in severe burns, especially in the person doing the fueling.
How to Safely Handle Fuel
To avoid static electricity while fueling, follow these safety tips:
1. Always touch a grounded metal object at a safe distance from the pump before you begin fueling. This will dissipate static charge from your body.
2. Never fill a generator’s gas tank directly from the fuel pump. Use an approved portable container to transfer gasoline to the generator’s tank.
3. Never fill the portable gas container while it is sitting inside a vehicle, trailer, trunk, or the bed of a pick-up truck. Always place the container flat on the ground to be filled.
4. Keep the nozzle in contact with the portable container at all times while filling. Never use the nozzle’s lock-open device if it is offered.
After you’ve filled your portable container, make sure the lid is tightly closed. If transporting by vehicle, we recommend keeping the container in your trunk just in case fuel dripped on the outside. Remember to be just as cautious when filling the heater’s tank! Get tips on how to safely operate portable heaters.
Talk to the Experts
If you are in need of temporary heaters, Priority Rental, a Herc Rentals Business has a variety of units ready to rent. Our technicians will deliver the units right to you and can talk through proper safety tips. Contact us today!