A single gallon of fuel can
contaminate over a million gallons of water. The cumulative effects of
small spills has a serious impact on coastal and fresh water areas.
Reduce pollution in Florida's
surface waters and maintain a healthy and esthetically pleasing
recreational environment, which can be enjoyed by all boaters.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE:
Use caution in filling your tank
to avoid spillage into the water.
Listen to your boat, it gurgles
before your tank is full.
Use a vent collection device to
capture escaping fuel.
While fueling your vessel attend
the fuel nozzle at all times.
For safety, have all passengers
exit the boat during gasoline fueling.
If you overfill your tank, wipe
it up with a rag. Do not hose down the fuel into the water. Give the
soiled rags to your marina operator for proper disposal.
If a spill occurs, do not apply
detergents or soaps. This only spreads the problem and is a violation
of Federal law.
If a spill occurs in a marina,
notify marina management immediately.
MHM FUELING INSTRUCTIONS
Marina attendant must be present while fueling.
Close all hatches and ports.
DO NOT SMOKE.
Shut down engine(s), generator and all electrical systems.
If practicable, all personnel not involved in fueling should leave
Place the nozzle of the fuel hose in the fill pipe. Keep it in
contact with the rim to avoid a static electric charge.
Fill slowly. DO NOT OVERFILL. Marine fuels expand with
an increase in temperature. Therefore, fill up to approximately 90%
After fueling, replace fill fitting and wipe up any spillage.
Go below decks and check for fumes or leakage. Check bilge.
IF EITHER FUMES OR LIQUID GASOLINE ARE PRESENT, CORRECT SITUATION
Open all hatches, ports & doors to facilitate ventilation. Turn on
bilge blower and ventilate at least 5 minutes.