The fuel pumps are operational 24 hours under video surveillance. If assistance is needed in using the pumps, please come during regular working hours.
Most departmental vehicles are assigned a fuel key. The fuel key is assigned to a specific vehicle and should not be used for any other vehicle. The fuel key can be used with the key pad between the pumps to fuel anytime. However, if you have problems, please feel free to ask the auto shop or office for assistance. Shop hours are 7 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday and office hours are 8 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.
If a fire does occur, do not panic. Do not remove the nozzle from the gas tank. Rather back away from the car and immediately tell Transportation Services or the Police so they can operate the emergency shut-off switch and a fire extinguisher.
If a spill occurs, notify Transportation Services immediately or (after hours) the Police department so they can contain the spill. Refer to the next section (backsplash), if by chance you get gasoline on yourself.
During fueling or in case of a spill and you get fuel on yourself, immediately stop the pump and see Transportation Services or (after hours) the Police department. In extreme cases, a shower as well as spare clothing will be provided.
There have not been any documented cases of cellular phones causing a fire at a gas station. However, we do not recommend using any device that might cause distractions while refueling.
Do not get back in while you are gassing up. This can create a static buildup that will cause a spark when you touch the gas pump. Most of the incidents of fire have been the result of the driver starting the pump, getting back into their car, and when the driver gets back out of the car to remove the nozzle, static is generated when they slide across the seat and a spark may occur when they reach for the nozzle.
In the event that a passenger should get out of the car to operate the pump after it has been started, it is recommended that they touch a metal portion of the vehicle or the dispenser before touching the nozzle.
The above does not necessarily apply to gasoline only. The only documented cases have involved gasoline; however, diesel fuel and ethanol fuel, while such an occurrence may be unlikely, is not impossible, especially in hot weather.
It is dangerous to leave a car running when fueling. A running car presents a number of "ignition sources" for fuel vapor. The exhaust components of a modern car can literally glow red hot during normal operation. They typical ignition system creates voltages above 40,000 volts.
But turning off your engine while refueling isn't just to prevent your car from starting a fire. There is also a safety issue in the event of fire, regardless of the source. In case a fire does occur at the fuel station a running car is danger. Imagine that fire burns through one of the rubber fuel hoses under your running car. Most fuel pumps deliver gasoline at about 15 to 40 pounds per square inch (PSI). Your fuel pump is now spraying a tremendous amount of gasoline at an open flame.
By removing the hold-open latch the intention is to eliminate unattended fueling. Unfortunately, accidents occur when users attempt to fabricate their own makeshift latches. Placing an object, such as a gas cap, under the nozzle lever can make the cure more dangerous than the symptom.
Gas cans should always be placed on the ground when filling. Never fill any portable container (regardless of material) while it is inside your car or pickup bed.