May 26, 2006
Fuel For Thought
With Memorial Day Weekend coming up and the ceremonial start to the summer boating season, it’s easy to forget one of the most important parts of your “Pre-Flight” check list in the excitement of getting out on the water for the first time of the year - Check the Fuel.
You’ll obviously want to make sure you have a full tank for a round trip, but you’ll also want to follow strict procedures to fill up safely. The fact is, you can never be too cautious, but here are some basic guidelines to follow when fueling your boat.
Before you fuel:
Turn off engines.
Shut off all electricity (battery switches to off position)
Check bilges for fuel vapors.
Extinguish all smoking materials.
Close all fittings and openings.
Remove all people from the boat.
Maintain nozzle contact with fill pipe.
Fuel nozzle must be attended at all times.
Wipe up fuel spills immediately.
After fueling and before starting engine:
Tighten cap securely and wipe up spillage.
Open all hatches, doors & compartments.
Inspect bilges for leakage or fuel odors.
Ventilate until odors are removed.
Posted by ribcraftusa at May 26, 2006 12:04 PMBack To Index