Safe Fueling Tips cont

^ Never smoke while fueling or when you're close to a fuel dock.

^ When fueling, place the fuel nozzle in contact with the fill pipe or tank. This prevents a buildup of static electricity which could produce a spark.

^ Maintain the contact between the fuel nozzle and the fill pipe or tank until fueling is completed.

^ After fueling, wipe up all spilled gasoline and air the rags after using. Never throw the rags into the boat or the water.

^ Before starting the engine, you must draw or force gasoline vapors out of low pockets in the bilge. Open all doors, windows, ports and hatches. If you use fans to circulate the air in the cabins and bilges, use only explosion-proof fans with spark-proof switches. To clear the air in the bilge properly, turn on the power blower for at least four minutes.

^ Check all fuel lines and connections for leaks. Sniff around gas lines, motor, and bilges. Do not start the motor until the vapors are gone.

^ Prevent water pollution by being careful with oil and fuel near the water. Even a small amount spilled into the water can pollute a large area.

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