We received an email from Darryl J. Haefner, a retired lieutenant from the Bolingbrook Fire Department and Fire Science Coordinator, College of DuPage, Ill., who advised us that this week’s tip deserves second thought.
He writes: “If you get gasoline on a pair of work gloves you run the risk of spontaneous combustion or ignition of the gloves if they are stored in a compartment in your vehicle.
Gasoline vapors ignite at 50 degres below 0 and a rolled-up glove stored in a vehicle could ignite and cause a fire. Best bet, use the plastic gloves provided at most gas stations or buy a box of latex gloves from the loval drug store and keep them in your car. When you are finished with the gloves, dispose of them in the trash barrel at the gas station.”
Thank you for the tip, Lieutenant!
Our own photo editor David Baratz contributes this week’s handy tip which will leave you smiling rather than grumbling the next time you fill your car’s tank.
Handling the pump can result in a messy or smelly surprise that can linger for hours. He recommends keeping a pair of basic work gloves (the kind available at any home improvement store) in your car for your next gas-station visit. It’s an easy way to keep that gasoline smell — and don’t get us started on those stains! — off your hands.