Service station safety

Safety Tip

  • Turn off your vehicle's engine when refueling.
  • Keep gasoline and other fuels out of children's sight and reach. Gasoline is highly toxic in addition to being a fire hazard. NEVER allow a child to pump gas.
  • Don't smoke, light matches or use lighters while refueling.
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gas station safety

Between 1980 and 2008, structure fires, and outdoor/other fires at service stations dropped by 70%, each(structure fires from 1,910 to 580, and outside/other fires from 4,010 to 1,200). Vehicle fires at these properties increased steadily until the late 1990s, and declined through the 2000s. Even with the recent decline, vehicle fires were still 29% higher in 2008 than they were in 1980 (2,510 in 2008 vs. 1,940 in 1980).

Facts & figures

  • An estimated 5,020 fires and explosions occurred at public service stations per year from 2004-2008. That means that, on average, one in every 13 service stations experienced a fire. These 7,400 fires caused an annual average of two civilian deaths, 48 civilian injuries and $20 million in property damage.
  • Of those 5,020 fires, almost two-thirds (61%) involved vehicles. Structure fires accounted for 12% of total incidents but 59% of the direct property damage.
  • Twelve percent of fire incidents at service stations were outside trash or rubbish fires.


NFPA's "Fires at U.S. Service Stations" report, Ben Evarts, April 2011.

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Updated: 4/11

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