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A Student's Guide to Alternative Fuel Vehicles


Safety First With Motor Fuels

  1. Remember: Never swallow any type of motor fuel!
  2. Gasoline and diesel fuels are poisonous to swallow and also are flammable. Great care must be used to avoid accidental fire.
  3. All types of motor fuel can kill you or make you sick if you swallow even small amounts.
  4. Ethanol fuel is "denatured." That means poison is added to stop people from drinking it. Ethanol is flammable and care must be used to avoid accidental fire.
  5. Even a small amount of methanol can make you very sick or even kill you. Methanol is flammable and care must be used to avoid accidental fire.
  6. Compressed natural gas (CNG) is kept under high pressure. Accidentally releasing that pressure can be dangerous. Natural gas is flammable and care must be used to avoid accidental fire.
  7. Electricity can electrocute people if they touch live wires.
  8. Compressed hydrogen is under high pressure, and, as with compressed natural gas, care must be taken to avoid accidental release. Liquefied hydrogen is very cold and can injure by freezing. Hydrogen is flammable and care must be used to avoid accidental fire.
  9. Liquefied natural gas (LNG) is very cold and can injure by freezing. Natural gas is flammable and care must be used to avoid accidental fire.
  10. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) or propane is kept under low pressure. Accidentally releasing that pressure can be dangerous. Liquefied petroleum gas is flammable and care must be used to avoid accidental fire.
  11. Biodiesel made from vegetable oil is not safe to drink. Biodiesel is also flammable and care must be used to avoid accidental fire.


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