The Palm Beach County School District owns and maintains a number of petroleum storage systems at Transportation Facilities and Ancillary Facilities. Unleaded gasoline, diesel fuel and various lubricants are used for school buses and support vehicles. Diesel fuel is also used for operations of several emergency generator systems.
ECS oversees Federal, State and Local regulations that govern the storage and use of petroleum products. In addition, ECS handles leaks from hydraulic systems such as elevators or vehicular lifts.
We take for granted the hazards associated with gasoline because we use it every day without negative impacts. We tend to forget that gasoline is extremely flammable and some people may not know that it contains benzene which is a known carcinogen. Next time your filling your car up with gasoline or handling gasoline make sure to:
- Turn off your vehicle. Disable auxiliary sources of ignition such as a camper or trailer heater.
- Do Not smoke or light matches.
- Use only the refueling latch on the gasoline dispenser nozzle. Never jam the refueling latch on the nozzle open.
- Do not re-enter your vehicle during refueling.
- In the event that a static-caused fire occurs when refueling, leave the nozzle in the fill pipe and back away from the vehicle.
- When dispensing gas into a container, use only an approved portable container and place it on the ground to avoid a possible static electricity ignition of fuel vapors. Containers should never be filled while inside a vehicle or its trunk, the bed of a pickup truck or the the floor of a trailer.
- Do not over-fill or top-off your vehicle tank, which can cause gasoline spillage
- Keep gasoline away from your eyes and skin, it may cause irritation. Remove gasoline-soaked clothing immediately.
- Use gasoline as a motor fuel only. Never use gasoline to wash your hands or as a cleaning solvent
Call ECS at 684-5154. ECS responds and coordinates between all responders to the spill and notify other offices asrequired!DO NOT notify the State Warning Point at the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC).