The recent fuel crisis in the southeast has brought to light some dangerous and deadly situations related to fuel and fueling.
A cruiser with six persons aboard and a jet ski exploded at a fuel dock on lake Lanier resulting in serious burns to a woman and two teens. The fuel dock was also engulfed. The details are unknown, but this incident highlights the caution we must take when fueling our vessels as well as our lawn equipment.
A Pickens County woman wrecked her car containing several five-gallon cans of gas. The car promptly exploded, and she escaped but was seriously burned. I know some of us prefer to use portable gas cans to refuel our boats rather than pay high marina fuel prices, but this practice exposes us to more risk of explosion, particularly when transporting the fuel.
Let’s let these examples of recent events be a “Heads Up” for us to remind us that extra cau-tion is required when handling gasoline.