- No smoking
- Filling on approved containers only
- Cellphone off
- No straddling while filling
- Stop engine while filling
As part of the Department of Energy’s E-Safety Mo Campaign, DOE Secretary
Alfonso G. Cusi has underscored strict compliance with the posting of consumer
safety and informational signs in gasoline stations stated under the Retail Rules
for Liquid Fuels.
“To err on the side of caution is the prudent thing to do, thus the DOE urges
full compliance by gasoline stations on the posting of these signs,” Cusi said.
“There’s science behind the informational signs and while there’s debate as to the
true causes of such fire incidents in gas stations all over the world, it’s better
to be safe than sorry,” Cusi added.
The DOE prohibits the conduct of the following acts within the vicinity of gasoline
retail outlets: Gas Station Safety Tips
1. Smoking: The act of smoking, igniting of cigarette lighters/matches and throwing
of lighted cigarettes are strictly prohibited in gasoline stations to prevent the
start of fire where fuel vapors or fumes are present.
2. Running engine while filling: Vehicle engine should be shut-off during fuel
filling to prevent accidental ignition of fuel fumes. This will also prevent
vehicles from being accidentally moved or driven off during the refueling process,
thus will avoid fuel spill.
3. Using of cellular phones: The use of cellular phones is strictly prohibited
to prevent accidental ignition of gas fumes caused by small electric spark in
some of the gadget’s parts.
4. Straddling while filling: This is to prevent oil spillage and possible motor
start-up causing accidental ignition of gas fumes.
5. Inappropriate containers: Only approved and leak-proof fuel containers that
are petroleum-grade and will not react with petroleum products are allowed to be
filled-up with fuels.
“These signs must be prominently displayed within the premises of gasoline
stations for the awareness and information of the public and station personnel,
” Cusi pointed out.
The DOE chief urged the owners/operators of gasoline stations to ensure that
these signs are strictly observed by their personnel before fueling vehicles.
Failure to comply with the DOE rules and regulations on safety would subject
gasoline stations to appropriate sanctions. Grave offenses may lead to suspension
or revocation of their business permit.
“We do not want such unsafe practices and negligence from both the business
operators and the consumers to incur loss of lives. Let’s all be safe and
take necessary precautionary measures seriously,” Cusi said.
Republic Act No. 8479 or the “Downstream Oil Industry Deregulation Act of 1998”
requires the DOE to promote fair trade practices in the liquid fuel retailing
business, including quality and quantity of petroleum products, and ensuring
safety from fire, danger, health and environmental risks, among others.
For other information, queries or concerns, the DOE asked the public to
contact the DOE Consumer Welfare Office (Land-line – 479 2900 local 329).