Improper handling of gasoline or diesel fuel can result in explosions, fires, and injuries on farms. Farmers can reduce these risks by taking the proper safety precautions when storing and using fuel. Below are several simple safety measures farmers can follow.
- Do not allow children near fuel.
- Keep fuel storage containers far from buildings and structures on the farm.
- Perform regular maintenance on fuel containers and address any corrosion or leaks.
- Only store fuel in appropriate containers. Do not use containers meant for food or beverages.
Farmers and farmhands can avoid most fuel-related accidents by utilizing the above safety tips. However, there are other fuel-related hazards farmers need to address as well. These include the handling of flammable liquids, refueling equipment, and managing fuel storage.
Gas, diesel fuel, and paint solvents are just some of the flammable liquids found on farms. Individuals need to take the following precautions when handling these kinds of liquids to avoid fire or explosions.
- Store flammable liquids far away from uncontained fires or motors that spark.
- Be cautious with empty containers that previously held a flammable liquid. Lingering vapors can still combust. Keep these containers away from fires and sparks as well.
- Take pains to ensure all fuel containers have accurate labels and follow all directions for using the containers.
Refueling Tractors and Gas-Powered Equipment
Proper storage and transport of fuel are useless if there is a lapse in safety protocol when refueling. Farmers and farmhands need to exercise caution when refueling. Some safety recommendations for this process include:
- Avoid spilling fuel on skin. It can cause irritation.
- Avoid breathing in fumes as it can result in dizziness and headaches.
- Turn off the engine and allow it to cool before refueling.
- Dispense fuel slowly and avoid overfilling.
- Refuel small equipment in the open. Refueling in a small enclosure can result in fume inhalation.
There are several safe storage solutions for farmers. For example, aboveground fuel tanks are cost effective, easy to relocate, and are unaffected by minor flooding. Below are some additional fuel storage safety suggestions.
- Keep fuel storage containers and facilities out of direct sunlight. Farmers can either use canopies or make use of natural shade. If a farmer cannot avoid sun exposure, he or she can invest in a pressure-vacuum relief valve to minimize evaporation.
- Keep fuel storage areas clear of trash and weeds to reduce the risk of fire.
While farms may present several hazards, farmers do not need to fall victim to them. Making use of the above safety tips will reduce the risk of explosions and fires. To learn more about protecting your farm, contact the experts at Cline Wood.
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