Gasoline can be deadly, thus, following basic and common sense guidelines can prevent disaster. Do not smoke or use matches, or any other source of ignition when around gasoline. Be aware that gas vapors can travel quite a long distance away from a gasoline source. Gasoline should only be used in well ventilated areas.

Before you fill a gas tank, turn off the engine and let the machine cool down. Never use gasoline to strut charcoal on a grill. Instead, use a proper charcoal starter. Gas should not be used as a cleaning solvent or to wash hands.

Gas canisters should not be stored in the back of your vehicle, and should only be stored in approved containers. The storage area should be well ventilated and cool. Only keep a minimum amount of gasoline in storage, and do not ever store gasoline in a glass or plastic bottle.

If anyone suffers a burn from gasoline, treat with first aid if the burn is minor in nature. Flush the area with cool water and cover it with a sterile dressing. More serious wounds, such as burns to the face, chemical burns and burns that cover a large area, should be addressed immediately at the hospital.