Painting: Ed Ruscha, 1965
“In spite of the routine use of gasoline, many people are unaware or unappreciative of the dangers of gasoline. Gasoline is dangerous because it is highly volatile. The fumes are capable of ignition up to 12 feet away from a pooled source. It can float on water and may spread long distances, making ignition and flash back possible. Gasoline may ignite from a nearby spark, flame or even static electricity and become a ‘fireball’ with a temperature of 15,000 degrees F…
…Gasoline produces ignitable vapours that are 3 to 4 times heavier than air and can travel for great distances along the ground. Gas vapours tend to accumulate in low or enclosed spaces. ”
GASOLINE PRODUCES IGNITABLE VAPOURS THAT ARE 3 TO 4 TIMES HEAVIER THAN AIR AND CAN TRAVEL FOR GREAT DISTANCES ALONG THE GROUND.
GAS VAPOURS TEND TO ACCUMULATE IN LOW OR ENCLOSED SPACES.