Proper Storage and Use of Automotive Fluids
The proper storage and use of automotive fluids are essential to your personal safety and property. Your vehicle uses a variety of automotive fluids such as gasoline, windshield cleaner, oil, brake and transmission fluid, and antifreeze. You may also keep a variety of solvents and cleansers on hand either to perform your own car maintenance or top off fluids if needed.
These fluids are dangerous chemicals that can irritate your skin, harm your eyes and cause damage to your home and or vehicle if not stored or used properly.
- Read directions before use
- Keep out of reach of children and pets preferably in a locked metal cabinet
- Store in the original container or label properly and make they are closed tightly
- Wear protective safety goggles, latex gloves, and a face mask
- Use only in a well-ventilated area
- Wash clothes and skin thoroughly with a strong soap and warm water
- Clean up any spills as soon as possible
- Do not keep beyond the expiration date. Fluids deteriorate more quickly once they have been opened. As a precaution, mark an opened bottle with both the purchase and open dates.
Not all fluids require the same measures.
Gasoline is highly flammable. As little as 1T of water or moisture can cause contamination that leads to a phased separation of ethanol and oil. You should put an additive into the gasoline. If it appears cloudy, it’s a good sign that separation has occurred. We recommend that you do not keep gasoline for more than 30-90 days without the additive.
Motor oil, on the other hand, can be stored for up to five years provided it has not been opened.
If you are replacing fluids in your vehicle, please follow appropriate disposal and recycling laws in your community to protect wildlife and the environment. Do not ever pour down storm drains, on the ground or your home’s interior plumbing.
Following these safety guidelines can prevent accidents and ensure your safety.
If you have any questions, please contact us.