When you're filling your gas tank, you don't want anything to go wrong. Yet, it seems like every day we see news stories of mishaps, fires or explosions in gas station parking lots. It's easy to see why it's important not to let accidents happen when pumping gas.
If you're a gas station owner, you likely know why you need to keep your patrons safe. It's too much of a liability to do otherwise.
Not only that, failing to maintain a safe pumping area might break the law. The State of Kansas takes gas station safety regulations seriously. Kansas has more than 1,100 fueling stations. Every 18 months, the state inspects more than 20,000 pumps for consumer safety compliance. Needless to say, fuel sales require large scale safety measures.
Keeping Your Gas Station Customers Safe
When pumping gas, buyers have direct access to a very dangerous commodity. Given high gas prices, they expect to get exactly what they pay for. They also expect to get it safely. It's up to the gas station's owners to enforce consumer and personal safety rules around their pumps. This requires multiple tactics:
- Familiarize yourself with Kansas' rules for gas station safety. The state requires a myriad of safety regulations under threat of penalty. Keep safety regulations on view for clients.
- Monitor the calibration of your pumps. Consumer protection laws make it a crime to overcharge clients for the fuel they pump. Take steps to report and fix any resulting pump problems.
- Frequently check your pumps for signs of damage, leaks or contamination. Do not use the pumps if they show signs of damage.
- Enforce smoking and other substance bans on your property. Do not let clients light matches, smoke or take flammable materials near the pumping area.
- Walk the parking area to look for signs of spills, broken pavement or slip-and-fall hazards. This can help reduce the chances of liability claims from injured customers. If needed, cordon off high-risk areas.
- Keep the pumping area clean and free of litter. This can cut down on fire risks.
- Ensure the pumping zone is structurally safe. For example, make sure all protective roofing covers don't pose risks of collapse.
- Look at local weather conditions. At times, static electricity, lightning or other issues pose damage risks. Some gas stations even suspend operations during times of the most severe weather.
- Make sure suppliers refill tanks and complete pump maintenance as safely as possible. This can reduce bottlenecks and other safety issues around your fueling station.
Should something happen to your pumping system or clients, gas station insurance might help the business. For example, property coverage might help you afford to repair the business. Liability coverage can help you compensate parties injured on your property.
These restrictions can be a lot to keep track of, but we're here to help. Talk to an Exceed Insurance agent to determine the best coverage that's right for you.