Allstate Boat Insurance – Fueling Safety Tips - 08/09/2018

Fueling Up


Allstate Boat Insurance – Fueling Safety Tips


Captain’s Report

Fueling Safety Tips
BoatTEST.com offers fueling safety tips sponsored by the good people at Allstate Insurance who have been insuring boaters for over 40 years.
Fueling Safety Tips
First thing, when approaching the fuel dock, you want to make sure you do it in a safe manner, following all approved patterns within your particular marina.

At the Dock. Once you get alongside the dock, secure your boat properly, fore and aft. Then you’re going to ask your passengers to get off while you proceed with your fueling.

Fueling Safety Tips
Make sure that the boat is powered down.
Fueling Safety Tips
Be certain all electrical equipment is in the off position.

Before Fueling. We recommend you consult your operator’s manual before you fuel your new boat for the first time. Now there are differences between an outboard and an inboard and stern drives. But for this report start by opening the bilge hatch and inspecting.

Fueling Safety Tips
Look for any fuel spillage and smell for fumes.
Fueling Safety Tips
The combined fuel filter and water separator is a good place to start inspecting for fuel leakage.
Fueling Safety Tips
Look for damaged lines, again, smell for fuel leaks, and generally make sure that everything is connected properly.
Fueling Safety Tips
Now if your particular boat has a cabin, make sure you close the hatch, so the fuel vapors won’t get inside.
Fueling Safety Tips
Also, remind everyone around, no smoking during the fueling. Next on our checklist is fire safety.
Fueling Safety Tips
Locate and find out where the nearest fire extinguisher is other than the one on your boat.
Fueling Safety Tips
In addition, find out where the spill kit is, just in case it is needed.
Fueling Safety Tips
This may seem obvious, but make sure you know where your actually filling ports are. Do not mistake a rod holder (shown above) for the fuel port. Your filling port will be marked clearly, gas.
Fueling Safety Tips
When you do begin your filling process, go ahead and open up the fill port first. This way you are not holding on to the gas hose fumbling around.
Fueling Safety Tips
As you begin your filling, make sure you keep the nozzle in contact with your fill port at all times.

Fuel Spillage. Be aware of any spillage that might happen and have an absorbent rag on hand to clean that up. When the fueling is complete, again, make sure there is no spillage.

Fueling Safety Tips
When the filling is complete, be careful removing the fuel nozzle to avoid spills.
Fueling Safety Tips
Carefully secure the fuel nozzle back on the pump.
Fueling Safety Tips
Be certain to securely close the fueling port.
Fueling Safety Tips
After the fueling is complete, go back in again, open up your engine hatches and check your lines, and double check again for leaks now that the boat is full.

Inboard and Sterndrive Boats. For those of you with inboard engines. Make sure that you have your blowers on before you start up, and check for the recommended timings.

Fueling Safety Tips
When not fueling up at the fuel dock or on a trailer, we recommend that you follow exactly the same safety steps.
Fueling Safety Tips
In this case we are using a Personal Water Craft (PWC) as an example. We want to make sure that we open up our hatches, do our inspections, look and smell for leaks.
Fueling Safety Tips
Most importantly, open up the hatch to the engine compartment, that way we can ventilate any gas fumes.
Fueling Safety Tips
As with filling up dockside, when on a trailer make sure you keep the nozzle in contact with your fill port at all times.
Fueling Safety Tips
Carefully secure the fuel nozzle back on the pump. Be certain to securely close the fueling port. After the fueling is complete, go back in again, check your lines and double check again for leaks now that the boat is full.

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