National Fuel Geyser Awareness Campaign



What is a fuel geyser?

It is the forceful expulsion of fuel in vapor and liquid form due to the rapid depressurization of the fuel tank. It is similar to a BLEVE, Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosion.



What does a fuel geyser look like?




Why is this important to me?

Over the last two years three significant burn injuries have occurred on prescribed fire and wildland fire incidents. Many additional fuel geyser incidents have been reported. These events happen frequently and have the potential to harm users of power equipment and people refueling power equipment. If you experience or have experienced a fuel geyser please report it HERE.

The following reports contain incidents where fuel geysers have occurred.










What do I need to know to protect myself?


Fuel geysers can happen anytime when there is fuel, heat & pressure from small gasoline powered engines, chainsaws, leaf blowers, portable pumps, even when opening fuel transport containers. 

Fuel geysers have resulted in injury when sprayed fuel and vapor ignite.

Appropriate precautions when there is fuel, heat & pressure, may prevent significant burns in the event of fuel spray.  

  • Always assume fuel tanks and fuel containers are pressurized. 
  • Ensure the cap is correctly secured.
  • Always check fuel levels before opening the fuel tank or filler cap. Fuel levels greater than ½ tank may geyser. 
  • Open cap slowly and if able, direct potential spray away.
  • Cover the cap with a rag to contain potential fuel geyser spray.
  • Be extra vigilant when equipment is running poorly with fuel levels above ½ tank.  
  • Allow the engine to cool for 15 minutes before opening fuel cap.
  • Move at least 10 feet or more from any heat source.  
  • Start the saw at least 10 feet from the fueling area.
  • Do not use fuel older than one month.  

It’s YOUR job to protect yourself and others. Know how to handle your equipment to avoid fuel geysering anytime there is fuel, heat & pressure.




What should I do If I experience a fuel geyser?


Please REPORT every fuel geyser incident you experience!

The information you provide our engineers can mean the difference between one of our employees getting injured or not.

To report an incident go to http://bit.ly/fuelgeyser_reporting or click the image below.


http://bit.ly/fuelgeyser_reporting


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