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  • Jonathan McCallumSpills happen: 3 powerful tools for handling gasoline mishaps

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    Fire Prevention Week is here.

    You’ve likely heard about the importance of preparedness; make sure your alarms are working, always have an extinguisher on hand and know your escape plan. While having a plan is essential, prevention is also a key player in the fire safety game.

    Last week I discussed the dangers of natural gas. Keeping in theme with fire prevention, I’d like bring some focus to another incredibly flammable substance that’s in our everyday lives: gasoline.

    Whether you regularly deal with fueling up with or transporting gasoline while on the job or simply have a can of gasoline kicking around your garage, it’s important for everyone to know what to do in the case of a spill.

    Here are my top three picks on the best tools to have on hand to help manage a gasoline emergency:

    Diphoterine® Solution

    Man using diphoterine in eyes

    The most important thing to attend to in the case of a gasoline spill is yourself and/or anyone else who may have come into physical contact with the gas. A lot of workplaces will say to simply rinse with water and a mild soap – and, in the case that it only touches your skin, this works. However, if gas comes in contact with your eyes it’s a different story. The irritant can cause temporary blurred vision, eye pain, redness, excess tearing and can even cause damage to the cornea.

    Diphoterine® Solution is a sterile, chelating amphoteric solution which can help and flush out the gasoline and comfortably restore the physiological pH of the eye tissue. It’s easy to apply, allowing for comfortable rinsing of the eye and provides immediate pain relief.

    Gas spill absorbent

    Absorbent

    When it comes to cleaning up a spill, there’s more than what meets the eye. A common mistake is using an absorbent that just simply absorbs the gasoline without suppressing the release of the gasoline vapours – after all, these vapours are the flammable part of gasoline, not the liquid itself. It’s a good idea to switch to a product like SpillFix which does a great job at containing hydrocarbon vapours. Alternatively, you can monitor whether gas vapours are present with my third and final recommendation below.

    Gastec

    If you find yourself in a situation where you’re unsure whether there are lingering vapours present from a gasoline spill, Gastec gas detection tubes are an excellent (and affordable) tool to try. There’s no need for special training or technology and the tubes are pre-calibrated which means they’re ready to go. Operation is simple and the detection can be performed in 1-2 minutes which makes it ideally suited for emergency situations.

    Since there are tubes available for over 300 gases, the Gastec Fire, Hazmat and Emergency Services download is a good resource to figure out which tubes you should have on hand when working with gasoline. In addition, the Gastec Decision Chat offers a helpful guide to working your way through an emergency hazardous gas situation.

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    Education, training and establishing safe practices around handling gasoline are vital, but at the end of the day spills happen. All three of these products are powerful and can prevent fire disasters before they happen. Questions? Concerns? Please reach out to me directly and I’d be glad to discuss.

    Jonathan.Mccallum@levitt-safety.com


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    Jonathan McCallum | Market Segment Manager: Occupational Health, Industrial Hygiene & Environmental Monitoring
    Levitt-Safety Limited Moncton


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