How to clean up gas spills safely

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How to clean up gas spills safely

Crucial for trucks, forklifts, and various machinery, gas is an important substance in countless industries. With the need for gasoline creating high fuel usage throughout workplaces everywhere, hazardous spills are inevitable. Gas spills or leaks create slip and fall risks for workers, plus the slick it can leave behind can be just as hazardous. The flammable nature of gas also brings with it the risk of quick fires that burn quickly and are difficult to put out. Cleaning up gas spills quickly and residue-free is therefore of the utmost importance, not just to minimise downtime in a business, but to keep people safe too.

Gas Spills: What not to do

While it may seem like a quick option, cleaning up gasoline with electronic means is never a good idea. Given it’s flammable nature, any spark can cause a bigger hazard than the spill was originally and put many more people in danger.

It’s also not wise to use additional chemicals to clean up gas. Since gas is a chemical, mixing it with copious amounts of other chemicals in an attempt to clean it is likely just to produce toxic byproducts and isn’t very effective. Chemical cleanup still requires many mats to soak up the liquid, plus secondary mop and bucket cleanup to try remove the slick.

Lastly, don’t use water to try wash away a gas spill. Water and fuel do not naturally mix and you will only cause a bigger mess and bigger slick on the floor!

Gas Spills: What you should do

Use a boom sock to stop the spill spreading

When gas first spills, stopping the spread should be your first action. Depending on the size of the spill, use a boom sock to encase the liquid and stop it from further spreading. To clean the gas, there are two options, not both made equal.

What’s wrong with kitty litter?

A popular choice for cleaning up gas in workplaces and homes alike is kitty litter. Kitty litter does act as an absorbent and will soak up some of the gas spill, however it takes large amounts of the product to absorb the spill. Plus when you scoop up the now wet kitty litter, a slippery slick still remains, so you need to ensure secondary cleanup.

Fast and easy spill cleaning

The best choice for quickly and effectively cleaning up gas spills is SpillFix granular absorbent. Made from 100% coconut husk, it’s capillary makeup quickly absorbs the gas, slick and all! Simply apply SpillFix over the whole spill and immediately sweep it up. If any residue remains, apply a little more absorbent and sweep again. In under 5 minutes with no extra downtime created waiting for the product to work, your gas spill is cleaned.

See the difference between SpillFix and clay absorbents for yourself

See how well SpillFix Granular Absorbent encases this slippery transmission fluid leaving a slick-free surface compared to the clay absorbent!

When it comes to gas spills in your workplace, safety and productivity are both important. For quick, slick-free cleanup of gas spills their is one obvious choice – SpillFix granular absorbent. Reduce downtime, improve safety and make spills easier to clean!

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