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(A) Definition. SELF-SERVICE STATIONS shall mean that portion of property where flammable and combustible liquids used as motor fuels are stored and subsequently dispensed from fixed approved dispensing equipment into the fuel tanks of motor vehicles by persons other than the service station attendant.
('86 Code, § 5-76)
(B) Dispensing fuels.
(1) Approved dispensing devices, such as coin operated, card operated, and remote controlled types, are permitted at self-service stations available and open to the public, provided that all dispensing of Class 1 liquids shall at all times be under the immediate observation and control of a competent attendant who shall not engage in duties other than those pertaining to the operation of the dispensing of flammable liquids.
(2) During the actual dispensing of Class 1 flammable liquids, the attendant or supervisor on duty must be in direct communication with those persons performing the dispensing. An approved two-way communications system must be in operation to comply with the above.
(3) Except when sold in the original sealed container as put up for package sale or distribution by the manufacturer or packager with suitable and generally recognized precautionary labeling, no gasoline or benzene nor any naphtha having a flash point at or below 70°F (closed cup test) shall be sold or filled into any drum, can, or other portable container unless the container is made of metal and is colored red and labeled with the common name of the product and with the word “Flammable.”
(4) No kerosene, fuel oil, or similar liquids shall be filled into any portable container colored red.
(5) No delivery of any Class 1 or Class 2 flammable liquids shall be made into portable containers of six gallons capacity or less, unless the container is made of sound metal construction or is approved by the authority having jurisdiction, has a tight closure with screwed or spring cover, and is fitted with a spout or so designed that the contents can be poured without spilling or can be safely withdrawn by connection to a fuel line.
('86 Code, § 5-77)
(C) Bulk sales prohibited at service stations; exception. No motor fuels shall be dispensed at any service station except directly into the fuel tanks of motor vehicles, when the tanks are connected with the carburization systems of the vehicles. Individual sales of up to six gallons may be made in containers meeting the requirements of § 93.16 (B), (4) and (5).
('86 Code, § 5-78)
(D) Emergency power cut-off. A clearly identified and easily accessible switch or circuit breaker shall be provided at a location remote from dispensing devices, including remote pumping systems, to shut off the power to all dispensing devices in the event of an emergency. Control shall be not more than 75 feet from dispensers. One single emergency disconnect is preferred.
('86 Code, § 5-79)
(E) Fire extinguishers. The type, size, and location of fire extinguishers for self-serve stations shall be determined by the authority having jurisdiction.
('86 Code, § 5-80)
(F) Operating instructions. Operating instructions printed in not less than ½-inch black letters on a contrasting background shall be posted at each self-service dispensing device and in full view so as to give complete and clear instructions for its operation. Warning signs printed in not less than 3-inch letters on a contrasting background shall be conspicuously posted in the dispensing area incorporating the following or equivalent wording:
(1) Warning - It is unlawful and dangerous to dispense gasoline into unapproved containers;
(2) No smoking;
(3) Stop motor.
('86 Code, § 5-81)
(G) Dispensing area. The dispensing area shall at all times be in clear view of the attendant and the placing or allowing of any obstacle to come between the dispensing area and the attendant control area shall be prohibited; the presence of motor vehicles in the service driveway for the purpose of being serviced shall not be considered to be an obstacle. The use of indirect reflections or other mechanical devices to accomplish this view is prohibited.
('86 Code, § 5-82)
(H) Hose nozzle. Hose nozzles used in self-service devices at self-service stations shall be of the approved automatic-closing type without a latch-open device. Approved dispensing units must utilize approved swivels on the nozzle hose-end.
('86 Code, § 5-83)
(I) Attendant's dwelling location. No dwelling unit for the attendant or sleeping facilities for the attendant shall be maintained in, or on, the premises of a self-service station closer than 100 feet from Class 1 flammable liquid self-service dispensing devices, or 50 feet from class 2 flammable liquid self-service dispensing devices.
('86 Code, § 5-84)
(J) Attendant's duties and responsibilities.
(1) It shall be the specific responsibility of the attendant to prevent the dispensing of Class 1 liquids into portable containers not in compliance with this division.
(2) The attendant shall control sources of ignition.
(3) The attendant shall immediately handle accidental spills and fire extinguishers, if needed.
(4) The attendant shall refuse service to any customer who is smoking or who appears for any reason to be unable or incompetent to participate in the dispensing of Class 1 liquids.
(5) The attendant or supervisor on duty shall be mentally and physically capable of performing the functions and assuming the responsibility prescribed in this section.
('86 Code, § 5-85)
(Ord. 79-3399, passed 10-29-79)