Transportation & Storage

Treat Fuel
With Care

When running a gas-powered engine:

  • Keep a BC Class fire extinguisher handy. Water will only spread the flames of a gasoline-based fire.
  • Never work or idle in an enclosed space such as a garage, basement or tent.
  • Allow equipment to cool down for a few minutes before refuelling.


Do not leave gasoline in the basement of your home or in the cottage. Store fuel in approved containers in a detached garage or shed, and well away from heat sources including direct sunlight.

Filling Containers

  • Only use fuel containers that have been certified by an accredited certification organization such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) International or the Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC).
  • Keep well away from sparks or ignition sources.
  • Fill only to about 90 per cent of capacity to allow some room for expansion.
  • When filling, keep portable containers on the ground, with the dispensing nozzle in full contact with the container in order to prevent buildup and discharge of static electricity – a possible source of ignition.
  • When you are finished refilling the container, tighten both the fill and vent caps.
  • Never leave the container in direct sunlight or in the trunk of a car.


The best way to dispose of gasoline is to use it up. Small amounts can be left outside to evaporate – leave in an open container away from children and pets. If gasoline must be discarded, be sure to take it to the hazardous waste disposal centre in your area. Never pour gasoline onto the ground, down sewers or into drains.

Safety at
the Pump

The next time you stop at a gas station for a fill-up, remember this: fuelling vehicles requires your care and attention.

Gasoline is a potentially dangerous product if not handled properly and safely. It is required by law to follow these three rules when at a gas station:

  1. No smoking within 3 metres (10 feet) of a gasoline pump (including inside a vehicle).
  2. Vehicles must always be turned off when refuelling.
  3. No forcing or jamming a pump nozzle open when refuelling at a self-serve site.

These additional safety rules are also important whenever close to a gasoline pump:

  • Do not allow children to play at the pump island or assist you in holding or activating the pump nozzle.
  • Always stand by the pump while refuelling; never leave it unattended.
  • Keep your cell phone off while refuelling – a fill-up takes only a few minutes and requires your full attention; in addition, cell phones are electrical devices, so they’re a potential ignition source for any fumes.
  • To carry or store fuel, use only containers that are tested and certified by an accredited certification organization such as Canadian Standards Association (CSA) International or the Underwriters Laboratory of Canada (ULC).
  • Treat all fuels with respect; store them in well-ventilated places and away from nearby ignition sources.
  • Make sure to extinguish propane pilot lights in recreational vehicles, campers, motor homes and other vehicles before refuelling.
  • If riding a motorbike, always dismount from your motorbike before fuelling. Fuel spilled onto the hot exhaust or engine could cause a fire, injuring you and others.

Fuel stations are designed with safety in mind, but they only work that way with your cooperation. Remember these rules for safety at the pump, and enjoy a smooth, sweet ride – wherever the road takes you.