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Old 06-09-2014, 04:06 PM   #1
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Fueling with generator on

Is it safe to pump gas with the generator running? The generator is located directly behind the front drivers side tire so it's 30 feet from the gas tank, roughly on a 32 foot mh. When it's 95 degrees in Florida I would prefer to keep the genny running. Any thoughts ?
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Every gas station I have been to says to turn off engine when fueling. I would think it would apply to a generator also. I shut mine off when fueling, but it's closer to the fill tube than yours.


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The generator and refer (if on propane) should be off, period.
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If you are pumping gasoline, the genny should be OFF. Very unsafe around gas fumes. Diesel is no problem, leave the engine running too if you want. Not as dangerous.
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Is it safe to pump gas with the generator running? The generator is located directly behind the front drivers side tire so it's 30 feet from the gas tank, roughly on a 32 foot mh. When it's 95 degrees in Florida I would prefer to keep the genny running. Any thoughts ?
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I don't shut mine off for one reason. gas fumes stay low on the ground. that is why gas water heaters in house garages by law have to be on a stand to keep them off the ground by a about a foot. The reason i don't shut off the ref. hot water heater and furnace is because I rebuilt starters, when I first transferred to the electrical shop at delta. After a starter rebuild, you have to run in the brushes. sparks go everywhere. Even after seating them there are endless sparks. If you spill gas at a station of course I would shut everything off, but the first person to crank their car to get the hell out of there would set the gas off. And the starter is always is always at the lower part of the engine
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The generator and refer (if on propane) should be off, period.
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I agree with everything you wrote , (except the period).

Not ONLY should the generator and refer be off when fueling......
The LP furnace, (if on), and the LP water heater, (if on) should be turned of when fueling as well.....(and the engine).
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IMHO...you know you need gas....so plan ahead two minuets to do a shutdown. Power off nothing will happen....power on....maybe nothing. It is simple risk management....my upbringing/experience is to avoid potential risk. 2min shutdown is a peace of mind.
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Don't. Turn it off. It's not worth the risk. Only takes one mistake.
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I don't shut mine off for one reason. gas fumes stay low on the ground. that is why gas water heaters in house garages by law have to be on a stand to keep them off the ground by a about a foot. The reason i don't shut off the ref. hot water heater and furnace is because I rebuilt starters, when I first transferred to the electrical shop at delta. After a starter rebuild, you have to run in the brushes. sparks go everywhere. Even after seating them there are endless sparks. If you spill gas at a station of course I would shut everything off, but the first person to crank their car to get the hell out of there would set the gas off. And the starter is always is always at the lower part of the engine
You're assuming a lot. Fumes stay low not in all cases. Climate, weather, wind, pressure, humidity all factor in. I'm glad you're in GA, if you fueled next to me with the Gen running we would have words and any station that allows you to refuel with your gen running is liable when you go up in a cloud of smoke.

The signs state shut off your engine, is the gen an engine???
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You're assuming a lot. Fumes stay low not in all cases. Climate, weather, wind, pressure, humidity all factor in. I'm glad you're in GA, if you fueled next to me with the Gen running we would have words and any station that allows you to refuel with your gen running is liable when you go up in a cloud of smoke.

The signs state shut off your engine, is the gen an engine???
In the old days of the one pump station, that might work. When I pull into a station with twenty pumps and cars are coming and going at a steady stream I don't feel there are a lot of engines shut off.
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