Fueling a Vessel
Never fuel at night unless it is an emergency. If you must refuel
after dark, use only electric lights. Try to refuel away from the
water or on a commercial fueling ramp.
■■ Before beginning to fuel:
• Dock the boat securely and ask all passengers to exit.
• Do not allow anyone to smoke or strike a match.
• Check all fuel lines, connections, and fuel vents.
• 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 fumes from entering the boat.
• Remove portable fuel tanks and fill them on the dock.
■■ While filling the fuel tank:
• Keep the nozzle of the fuel-pump hose in contact with the
tank opening to prevent producing a static spark.
• Avoid spilling fuel into the boat’s bilge or the water.
• Never fill a tank to the brim—leave room to expand.
The most important safe fueling practice …
If your vessel is equipped with a power ventilation system,
always turn it on for at least four minutes after fueling and
before starting your engine to remove gas vapors in the bilge.
■■ After fueling:
• Wipe up any spilled fuel.
• Open all windows, ports, doors, and other openings.

** be sure to buy a copy of The Official Georgia Boater Safety Handbook at: http://www.boat-ed.com/georgia/handbook/

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