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Safety Tips and Helpful Hints

 

REFUELING

During the boating season, accidents happen around the fuel docks. Almost all can be avoided by using a little common sense. Donít use automotive parts to replace items such as starters, carburetors, fuel pumps, distributors, alternators, generators, etc. These may be less expensive, but are not ignition protected and could cause a fire or explosion. Below is a chart to use as a guideline for refueling.

Before Fueling

During Fueling

After Fueling and
Before Starting Engine

  • Stop all engines and auxiliaries.
  • Shut off all electricity, open flames, and heat sources.
  • Check bilge for fuel vapors.
  • Extinguish all smoking materials.
  • Close all openings that could allow fuel vapors into the boats enclosed spaces.
  • Have everyone leave the boat except the person fueling the boat.
  • Maintain nozzle contact with the fill pipe.
  • Donít leave the nozzle unattended anytime.
  • Avoid overfilling.
  • Wipe up fuel spills immediately.
  • Open bilge hatch, inspect for any leakage or fuel odors.
  • Ventilate the bilge until all fuel odors are removed.

 

TRAILERING

Take the time to perform maintenance on your trailer. Check the condition of the safety chains, the line or cable on your winch, replace if needed, and donít forget the tires. Check for dry rot, or worn out tires. A good time to replace any worn or damaged items is when the boat is off the trailer. Make sure to grease the wheel bearings. Use caution when fueling your boat at the gas station.

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