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Diesel Fuel: Proper Handling Protocol

Diesel fuel is commonly used for larger trucks, running machinery, and heavy equipment. The main difference between diesel fuel and traditional gasoline is the makeup of the fuel and also how it is used. A vehicle that does not require an ignition to start will typically use diesel as their fuel source. If you are in a position where you are handling diesel fuel on a regular basis, there are some precautions that you need to take to keep yourself safe.

1. Have a Proper Container

Fuel cannot be placed into just any container as the fuel will eat away at metals and plastics. It is important to utilize a container that is approved specifically to handle diesel fuel inside of it. If you do not use the right container, you may spill fuel and a spark could lead to a fire catastrophe.

2. Store Fuel in the Right Temperature

When you purchase diesel fuel, make sure you choose a fuel that can withstand the temperature of where you live. If the temperature drops too low, the diesel fuel will begin to crystallize. Using crystallized fuel will cause problems with your vehicle or equipment as the crystals become stuck in the fuel injection lines.

3. Wear a Mask

If you need to transfer diesel fuel back and forth from a tank to a container or if you will be working around fuel for an extended period of time, it is essential to your health that you use a mask to protect yourself from the fumes and emissions.

Diesel fuel contains a mixture of different dangerous gases including carbon monoxide, methanol, formaldehyde, sulfur mixtures, and more. If you are exposed to the fumes for too long, you may begin to feel lightheaded and experience coughing. Long-term exposure to the fumes can lead to life threatening conditions.

Protect Yourself and Handle Fuel Properly

If you are working with diesel fuel, always keep yourself protected and wear any protective gear you have on hand such as a mask or gloves. Avoid directing inhaling the fumes as this can lead to long-term complications and short-term lung irritation.

If you ever experience a fuel leak or you have ingested fuel, call the proper authorities immediately to alert them of the incident and head to your local emergency room to get the proper care. Remember, following your safety protocols and company procedures prior to filling up or transferring diesel fuel from one place to the next. 

To learn more about diesel fuel, contact a company like Nelson Petroleum.