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gas station at nightA gas station can be a helpful and profitable small business. People need gas to fuel cars, lawn mowers and other appliances. People expect your business to operate safely.

But, with every gas stations come risks to you and your customers. Gasoline providers trade in a potentially dangerous commodity. There are many injury risks when running a gas station.

The slightest accident can cause injuries to you or your clients. If a client gets hurt because of a gas station accident, your business could be at risk of a lawsuit. If you lose, your financial security could be in jeopardy as you might have to pay a settlement. Proper business and general liability insurance can reduce the potential losses from a lawsuit. However, as a business owner, you should take steps to reduce the risks of injuries at your gas station.

Know these common risks that could cause injury at gas stations, and always be vigilant that the risk is low.

Slip and Fall Risks


Gas stations can easily get puddles. Gas can spill, oil can leak, sinks and toilets can drip. These make for slippery conditions. Vigilantly watch your pumping stations and common walkways for any wet spots. Clean them immediately. You should also keep your aisles clear and free of any inventory and equipment.

Sanitation Risks


Always follow your state's sanitation requirements if your store sells or serves food. Always also be vigilant about your inventory. Make sure that you refrigerate and properly store perishable items. Also make sure that all of your preservation equipment, like freezers, is properly working. Clean your restrooms frequently.

Fire and Burn Risks


It goes without saying that gasoline can combust and cause fires. This can burn both property and people. Make sure that your pumps function correctly. If there are leaks or spills, immediately isolate them and use fire and explosion prevention techniques. Shut off broken pumps and put a fire retardant on any spills. Follow all laws and safety guidelines.

Other Injuries


Pumps and nozzles can break and injure customers. Loose machinery can fall. Leaking gas vapors can also cause customers to become lightheaded or have breathing problems. You should inspect your store and your pumping station regularly, if not daily. Be aware of problems and tackle them early.

Do you have any tips on risks to be aware of at a gas station? Leave a comment here and check out our business insurance options. We can help you get the best coverage.
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