User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


68° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Gas Station Safety

February 15, 2013, 6:04 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Gas Station Safety
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Not only did Thursday's crash happen at a busy intersection, but it was dangerously close to gas pumps. We spoke with one gas station owner about the safety systems in place to make sure a bad situation doesn't get worse.

 

Gary Cone has been in the gasoline business for 42 years and he knows a thing or two about gas pump safety.

"It's this safety valve right here. If something happened and the pump was on and it got busted off, that will flip that little valve in there and it will skip it up and shut the flow of the product off," Cone said.

There are a few different safety precautions that Cone takes at his station, the Hilltop BP on South Cleveland Avenue.
Even the simplest things can make a big difference in keeping his customers safe.

"Our pumps are all built up. There's like a curb around all the pumps. So, they can't jump the curb," Cone said.

There are other features like the fire valve, also known as a safety shut-off, which all gas stations are required to have.

"This is where the safety valve is. If something were to happen to that pump, this little lever will trip and that will stop the flow of the gasoline from coming out of the ground," Cone said.

It's this valve that helps prevent accident, like Thursday's crash, from becoming a major explosion. There's also some comfort in knowing the gas is not flowing into the pumps if they're not in use.

"The pump won't come on unless they initiate it inside the store. Or use it with a credit card outside. So there's power out to them, but it won't go on unless they initiate it with a credit card," Cone said.

Another accident prevention piece of the pump, that's come in handy often, is for those people who get in a hurry to leave.

"We have what they call a breakaway hose. So, if they leave the hose in the car, which they've done several times, they drive off with the hose in it. Instead of tipping the pump over, or pulling it over, it'll breakaway at the top, at the top of the pump where the hose is connected. And there's a valve in there that automatically shuts that off also," Cone said.

And in worse case scenarios, Cone says he still has the power to shut it all down himself.

"We have automatic shut offs back there. If something happens we can shut every pump off. We have a big valve that will shut every pump off out here. Just push this one button," Cone said.

Cone has not had any major accidents at his station. But he did say one gas pump unit alone can cost up to $20,000.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

SUV Driver Ticketed Following Deadly Crash

8/18/2014 11:35 AM

Sioux Falls Police have ticketed a 26-year-old driver for her involvement in a deadly bicycle crash last month.

Full Story
Charges Filed After Baby Hurt At Day Care

8/19/2014 11:13 AM

A Sioux Falls day care provider faces charges after a child in her care was hospitalized.

Full Story
Former State's Attorney Admits Sexual Crimes

8/13/2014 6:00 PM

We are learning more disturbing details about the former Walworth County State's Attorney, who's charged with raping three young children.

Full Story | Watch
Illinois Man Found Dead In The Black Hills

8/17/2014 11:30 AM

Authorities say a 23-year-old Illinois man who was reported missing in early August was found dead in the Black Hills National Forest.

Full Story
Wife Reveals Robin Williams Had Parkinson's Disease

8/14/2014 1:25 PM

Susan Schneider, wife of Robin Williams, says the late actor was in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease, along with battling depression and an...

Full Story


Events