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    Hey, What should you if you smell a strong odor of fuel inside a building, its not gasoline, but some other fuel? Right now there is a odor of fuel in my workplace, and I can't decide if I should report it to FD or not?
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    Stay out of the building until you can find out what it is.
    Did you notify your employer or is it your place?
    You insured?

    If you're wondering whether or not to do something about it then that's a good indication that something should be done. And soon.

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    well, found out what it was. It was an older furnace burning off oil, but the furnace is off now and the mechanics have ventalation going! So hopefully it will get better!
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    I'm dumbfounded that you posted this on here...

    Isn't there anybody on your department you could have called to ask?
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    common sense can be the most valuable tool anybody has. too bad it cant order it from a magizne or something for the people that lack it.

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    not really, see I work outside of my first due and it was kind of a heat of the moment sort of thing. Oh well, everything is okay now and hopefully it won't happen again!

    The reason I posted on here is because I've never been to a "smells or bells" call and we have not covered that in FF1 class yet.
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    Just curious, does anyone really need a FF1 class to know that smelling gas is a bad thing and should be reported?
    "This thread is being closed as it is off-topic and not related to the fire industry." - Isn't that what the Off Duty forum was for?

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    probably not, but oh well I doubt I could've evaced the building unless I pulled the fire alarm, but that was not necessary and everybody stayed inside and the mechanics turned it off and brought a couple fans to ventilate the affected areas. Sorry I'm not perfect!
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    Originally posted by mustang911
    Sorry I'm not perfect!
    Don't take any of this personally.

    This is an opportunity to learn from what happened.

    A couple suggestions:

    First, if there is something unusual going on like this, I wouldn't rely on a posting on an internet forum for advice. Call one of the guys from your department to see what they think or call 9-1-1 and explain the situation. In my area, this probably would have been handled by one engine responding non-emergency. (In other words, no big deal and better safe than sorry.)

    Second, you say these maintenance guys ventilated the area. Did they have any kind of carbon monoxide or other environmental meter? If this furnace was burning oil it had to be putting out some kind of contaminants and you and everyone else in the place were most likely exposed.

    My advice: If in doubt, call 'em out.
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    Wow........... That's all I can say........

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    Dude,
    You are going to make lots of friends and have so much fun here in the forums.
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    Originally posted by cellblock
    Dude,
    You are going to make lots of friends and have so much fun here in the forums.
    Be safe.
    Like you should talk cellblock!!!!

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    Call 911.

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    Second, you say these maintenance guys ventilated the area. Did they have any kind of carbon monoxide or other environmental meter? If this furnace was burning oil it had to be putting out some kind of contaminants and you and everyone else in the place were most likely exposed.
    Well, when I say ventilated, they opened all the doors and used 1 huge fan and a regular oscilating fan, I wanted to call Co.2(local dept) out to assist with the ventilation, but they said was not necessary and no they didn't have any meters, oh well maybe I should've just called anyway.
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    Unhappy Odor???

    Did that gas smell like fuel for machines or was it more like fuel for the human body? Something like burnt collard greens or broccoli?

    Just checking, cause in one case you would need to dial 911, in the other case you'll need to check your fruit of the looms.

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    lol, no it was machine fuel!
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    Dude...are slow or something?? If you smell gas...or something that you shouldnt, dont get on-line to ask us what you should do. You should have called 911!! Next time call 911!!
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    no, not slow, just very susceptable to brain farts!
    I shouldn't have posted this topic!
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