May 26, 2022
An Image of Rules of a Filling Station , at Ola Energy in Ruiru. Dated March 20.
  • Almost on a daily basis, people access petrol stations aboard Public Service Vehicles, PSV, with personal cars or when walking through.

    At any filling station, there are rules and warning signs that customers must follow, primarily for the safety of other motorists, attendants and the public.

    Since petroleum products are highly flammable, nothing is usually left to chance, with printouts all over the place on smoking, use of mobile phones, switching off the engine, and the risk of naked flames.

    An Image of Rules of a Filling Station , at Ola Energy in Ruiru. Dated March 20.
    kenyagist.com
    Alex Jomo

    Speaking to kenyagist.com, Benard Mwaniki, a supervisor at Optimum Fuels in Ruiru advised that customers should not ignore these simple rules.

    He caused customers to avoid anything that creates static electricity, which can cause sparks and light a fire. 

    “Petrol is highly flammable. We advise our customers to always adhere to our set guidelines, especially when dealing with petroleum because of fire risks. Diesel is okay. In case you see the presence of static electricity, please touch the metal bar immediately,” Mwaniki stated.

    Use of phones

    Mobile phones emit radiations, which according to experts, can lead to fire ignition. A device that might have heated up on a hot day poses a threat of explosion. This could prove to be highly dangerous at a filling station. Always be sure to switch off your phone while entering a petrol station.

    “Mobile phones already have sparks that could trigger fire at a petrol station. Having the phones on is not that risky but receiving phones at a petrol station is way too risky,’ clarified Mwaniki.

    Smoking

     Do not smoke while at the petrol station or even use a lighter on-site because of the high risk of ignition. In general, do not use anything that leads to a naked flame at a petrol station.

    Special precautions should be taken when you visit these facilities with children. Ensure that they are not playing with a lighter or a matchstick.

    Car engine off

    As soon as it’s your turn at the station, ensure you turn off your car engine before your car starts being refilled. Though no major accidents have been reported regarding car engines remaining on during refilling, it is a safety precaution.

    Observing safety measures at petrol stations is paramount. It can save lives and prevent accidents. If you must make a call or smoke, you can always do that before or after refilling your tank. Remember that safety is a personal and collective responsibility.

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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM

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