Fire is always a frightening risk of boating, and fueling your boat improperly can create a hazardous situation for you and your passengers. Be aware of the dangers and stay safe with these simple tips:
- Close all windows and doors.
- Turn off the engine and all electrical devices.
- Frequently check fuel lines and connections for leaks or worn spots.
- To dissipate static electricity, keep the metal fueling nozzle in contact with the metal part of the tank opening.
- Don’t spill fuel.
- Securely fasten the gas cap.
- Open all doors and windows to ventilate.
- Run the bilge blower and/or fan for at least five minutes.
- No smoking or grilling while fueling.
- Keep one or two (depending on the size of your boat) U.S. Coast Guard-approved fire extinguishers on board at all times. Make sure they’re in working condition and easily accessible.(Automatic fire extinguishing systems are standard on Crownline models – E30, 266SC, 286SC, 325SCR, 264CR, 294CR, 330SY & 350SY)
- If you smell gas, turn off the engine and all electrical devices until you find the source.