- Make sure vessel is secured to the fueling dock. Fuel before dark if possible.
- Stop all engines, motors, fans and all electrical equipment that can produce a spark. Open the master switch if the electrical system has one. Put out all galley fires, open fires, and open flames.
- Shut off blowers.
- Close all ports, doors, windows and hatches so that fumes cannot blow aboard and below.
- Disembark all passengers and any crew members not needed for the fueling operation.
- Prohibit all smoking aboard and nearby.
- Have a checked fire extinguisher close at hand.
- Measure the fuel in the tanks, and do not order more than the tank will hold; allow 5% for expansion.
- Be sure inboard tanks are grounded, and keep nozzle in contact with can or filter pipe to guard against static sparks.
- For outboards, remove portable tanks from boat, and fill on shore.
- Close/cover fill opening.
- Wipe up any spilled gasoline. Leave wipe up rags at dock or in air tight container.
- Open all ports, windows, doors and hatches; turn on bilge blower. Ventilate boat at least 5 minutes prior to starting engine(s).
- Sniff low down in bilge and engine compartment. If any order of gasoline is present, do not start engine; continue ventilation actions until odor can no longer be detected. Check for any drips and liquid fuel.
- Leave fuel dock immediately after transactions are completed.