Suggested Guidelines for Vehicle Operation and Fueling Safety

These suggested guidelines for vehicle operation and fueling safety are providing as a tool in accessing your hazards and exposures. The hazard concerning fueling qualifies for risk assessment as to severity as compared to other potential loss exposures.

I. Fueling Safety:
a. refill fuel tanks when they reach the 1/2 mark.
b. do not fill tanks to the point of overflowing, stop filling at the first “click” of the automatic nozzle.
c. when the unit has dual tanks the following procedure should be followed: after filling each tank, use number 1 tank for a minimum of 25 miles and then tank number 2 for a minimum of 25 miles, then operate per company policy.
d. all filler caps shall be original equipment as furnished by the chassis manufacturer. it is not recommended to purchase aftermarket filler caps from auto parts stores – - use original equipment only for safety.

II. Warning signs of fuel problems and guidelines:
a. never remove a fuel filler cap if there is a hissing sound heard coming from the filler cap, or fuel is observed seeping from around the filler cap.
b. turn the engine off and extinguish all smoking materials and open flames.
c. let the unit stand still for 10 minutes, and then remove the filler cap by applying pressure while holding firmly and turning slowly. if fuel squirts out, try to replace the filler cap and repeat the procedure.
d. possible fuel fire hazards:
1. odor of fuel inside the driver compartment.
2. the sound of fuel boiling inside the fuel tank.
3. excessive pressure when removing the filler cap.
4. fuel in the air cleaner on top of the carburetor.
5. fuel dripping down between the spark plugs on the left side of the engine when facing the unit.
e. inspect all fuel lines from each tank for exposure to the exhaust system.
f. install heat shields to protect gas lines.
g. do not restrict air flow to the undercarriage of the unit.
h. inspect all emission control lines for sever bends or kinks, and check emission control canisters for movement and damage.

III. If you smell fuel vapors or observe fuel leaking, stop the unit, turn off all electrical systems, remove any passengers from the unit, clear the area, call the fire department.

Do Not Attempt To Extinguish Any Fuel Type Fires

IV. Idling procedures:
a. open the hood.
b. increase the r.p.m. of the engine to a maximum 1500.
c. make sure the unit is charging on the ammeter.
d. limit the operation of the air conditioning system.
e. do not park over combustible materials.
f. monitor all systems every 5 minutes when idling.
g. minimize idling the unit unattended.
h. the operator/driver is responsible for monitoring the unit whenever the unit is parked and idling for excess periods of time.

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