Pumping Flammable Liquids

Pumping Flammable Liquids

Pumping flammable liquids can create hazardous conditions. To reduce the hazard levels, follow these five general safety guidelines. See our "Safety" section for a selection of products to create a safer working environment.

  1. Always use a metallic pump with air-driven or explosion-proof (XPRF) motor.
  2. Make sure all components are metal. Plastic can build up static charges but will not conduct and cannot be grounded.
  3. Electrically ground the operator and all pump components including motor (even if air-driven), inlet and discharge piping, hose clamps, holding tank, and receiving tank.
  4. Avoid splashing liquids—splashing generates static electricity that can result in ignition or explosion.
  5. Avoid isolated conductors, such as a metal nozzle at the end of plastic discharge tubing.