Serious accidents can occur when fueling. Never fuel at night unless it is an emergency. If you must refuel after dark, use only electric lights. To protect the water environment, try to refuel away from the water or on a commercial fueling ramp. Follow these procedures in order to fuel safely and responsibly.
Before beginning to fuel:
- Tie the pleasure craft securely to the fuel dock.
- Ask all passengers to leave the pleasure craft and go onto the dock.
- Do not allow anyone in your group or others at the fuel dock to smoke, strike a match, or use a lighter.
- Check to see that fuel lines, connections, and fuel vents are in good condition.
- Turn off anything that might cause a spark—engines, fans, or electrical equipment.
- Shut off all fuel valves and extinguish all open flames, such as galley stoves and pilot lights.
- Close all windows, ports, doors, and other openings to prevent vapours from entering the pleasure craft.
- Remove portable fuel tanks from the pleasure craft and fill them on the dock.
- Make sure that your fire extinguisher is within reach.