As noted in part 2, the smartest thing you can do about fires is prevent them. Controlling flammables is a key part of good fire prevention. Fuel is a flammable that can easily get out of control.
The need to power a portable generator is common, for example when doing work on service switchgear. Depending upon the season and the work location, you may need a portable heater. In either case, you’ll be transporting fuel to the work site, storing some for use throughout the day, and refilling equipment fuel tanks as needed.
- Transport fuels only in approved fuel cans. Using an unapproved container can result in a massive leak with an ignition source present.
- Add fuel using only an approved fuel dispenser. Don’t, for example, use an air hose to extend the reach of the dispenser.
- If at all possible, refuel equipment outdoors. For example, if you need to refuel a portable generator, shut it off. Wheel it outside, refuel it, then wheel it back inside.
- Store fuel outside, also. This helps isolate it from heat and ignition sources.
- Dispose of fuel (and solvents, oil, etc.) per the established guidelines. For example, in a designated disposal container.
- Before firing up your generator or heater, remove ignitibles as much as possible. For example, move cardboard storage boxes to the other side of a wall.
- Never leave a portable generator or heater running unattended. If you must leave, shut it off.