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FAFB warns personnel about leaving vehicles running in cold

(This article taken from 92nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- The following are a few reminders that base personnel should keep in mind:

It's cold outside and that's a fact. However, if your vehicle is not in sight you may not leave it running. This means you may not trudge outside in the freezing temperatures to start your vehicle and leave it running unless you can still see your vehicle. Exceptions are made for emergency vehicles.

Another thing to keep in mind along these lines is you may not take another person's keys out of his or her vehicle if you find a vehicle running and unattended. While you may think you are doing the person a favor or feel you are doing the right thing, your best bet would be to contact the 92nd Security Forces Squadron at 247-5493.

Due to a recent incident at the base Shoppette's gas station, it is imperative to remind base personnel there are certain rules that must be followed when filling your tank. You must remain near the pump while pumping gas. Starting the pump and jumping in your warm vehicle is not an option as a static discharge can occur when entering or exiting the vehicle which could ignite nearby fuel vapors. Similarly, the use of a cellular device and smoking are also prohibited.

The last notification involves the bus stop near the base's main gate and the dangers that surround it, especially with an abundant amount of snow on the ground. The 92nd Civil Engineer Squadron snow barn is responsible for clearing snow around that area. If it seems this is not done properly, please contact the snow barn at 247-2912.

(Information for this article was taken from a message from Lt. Col. Patrick Rhatigan, 92nd Air Refueling Wing chief of safety.)