How gas stations cope with heavy rains and floods

heavy rains

Recently, extreme heavy rains have occurred in the Pearl River Delta region of Guangdong. The rainfall is long-lasting and intense, posing great challenges to production and life. As a special business place, gas stations should prepare all-round responses before, during, and after such extreme weather. Below I will share with you some coping methods.

Before a heavy rainstorm comes, make the following preparations:

►Gas stations should maintain a high degree of vigilance, strengthen communication with meteorological, maritime, and other departments, improve emergency coordination and linkage mechanisms, pay close attention to the latest weather trends, and promptly grasp information such as heavy rains. The communication tools within the site must be turned on, and any emergencies must be reported promptly.

►Oil stations should dredge and clean the drainage channels of the production site in advance, and at the same time inspect the equipment and facilities, drainage facilities, and rainwater and sewage pipe networks in low-lying areas to ensure that the equipment is in good condition and that the drainage system is unobstructed.

►Oil stations should track the sealing status of the metering port of the oil tank promptly. Before a heavy rainstorm, the lower opening of the oil tank should be bandaged and sealed in time to prevent moisture from entering the tank. During heavy rains, personnel should take turns to inspect and drain out the accumulated water in the oil tank operation well promptly water.

►Pay attention to abnormal alarm information such as liquid level gauges and double-layer tank (pipeline) leak detection. Suppose abnormal alarm messages such as liquid level meter alarms and double-layer tank (pipeline) leak detection alarms occur in gas stations. In that case, attention must be paid to them, the cause must be identified, and the reporting procedures must be completed by the area manager before the fault is rectified and the business resumes.

►Prepare adequate shovels, sandbags, tarpaulins, flashlights (explosion-proof types are used inside the station, ordinary types are used outside the station), and other flood prevention and relief materials.

►Employees are equipped with raincoats and rain boots.

Employees are equipped with raincoats and rain boots

►After the arrival of floods, gas stations quickly report the flood conditions and disasters to the area, company, and local flood prevention and relief headquarters, and request support when the disaster is serious.

► Immediately stop all business activities in the station, cut off power to gas pumps and other equipment, close valves, etc.

►Transfer non-oil display goods, account books, cash, and other valuables promptly.

►Use sandbags promptly to seal the oil dispenser, tank operation well, oil unloading port, business room door, power distribution room, etc.

►Pay close attention to changes in water levels. If the water level rises rapidly and may endanger the lives of employees, report it promptly and organize employees to evacuate.

►Carry out on-site hidden danger investigation. After the rain, gas stations should conduct hidden danger inspections on key areas with potential safety hazards such as canopies, eaves, tank area walls, trees in front of stations, power distribution rooms, sockets, etc., and isolate or dispose of hidden danger areas promptly to avoid personal injury.

►Restore power and check equipment operation. Under the premise of ensuring that there are no hidden dangers in the station, try to restore the power supply and check whether the electrical equipment in the station is operating normally. If it is found that the switch cannot be closed, report it for repair in time. If a trip occurs, do not supply power frequently to avoid equipment damage. Note that if a wire is found to be broken in the station, closing is strictly prohibited.

►Carry out water height detection in the tank. After the rain, all oil stations use water testing paste to detect the water height in the tank. Suppose the water level in the tank is found to be higher than the standard. In that case, they will immediately stop delivery and report water pumping to ensure that no oil quality accidents occur due to lack of management.

►Return the dispenser to the tank and check the waterproof filter element. If a flood occurs and has overflowed the refueling island, after the power is restored, the oil return tank inspection must be carried out to check whether water has entered the pipeline. If there is water on the surface of the waterproof filter element, it must be replaced in time to ensure that the oil quality is up to standard.

►Return flood prevention materials to their respective locations. After the heavy rain, the station should further pay attention to the weather warning information. If there will be no more heavy rain shortly, flood prevention materials should be returned in time for subsequent use. After the flood season, the fire-fighting sandbags are cleaned neatly stacked, and returned to their places in the station.

Check the oil dispenser

►Statistical loss reporting. It is necessary to make statistics on damaged equipment and facilities in heavy rain stations, pay attention to the collection of relevant data (meteorological certificates, property damage, and imaging data), and timely feedback to the relevant departments of the company so that statistics of disaster losses can be done promptly.

►Clean the site and resume business. After the flood recedes, the station must promptly organize employees to clean up the silt and garbage on site and prepare for business operations.

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