Emergency Guide - Petroleum Spills

In the event of a spill or release of oil/oil products (including petroleum, non-petroleum, food oils, etc.) to the environment, the following procedure should be followed:

  1. Immediately evaluate the situation for an ignition source or other fire or explosion hazard.  If such a hazard exists, evacuate the area immediately and call 911.
Petroleum Products
ProductFlash Point (oF)
No. 2 Fuel Oil 126 - 204
Diesel Fuel 100 - 130
Mineral Oil 300 - 450
  1. Identify the source of the spill or release.  If it is safe to do so, terminate the flow (i.e. shut off supply lines, close valves, etc.)
  2. Cover floor drains and/or storm water drains in the vicinity of the spill or release with appropriate drain plugs or covers if available (appropriate drain protection should be available at every petroleum product storage tank).
  3. Contain the spill or release if possible with appropriate materials (i.e. oil absorbents, spill pads, dikes, etc.).  Put on appropriate protective clothing prior to containing the spill if there is a potential for contact with the petroleum product.
  4. Collect petroleum-contaminated debris (i.e. gloves, dikes, soil, etc.) in containers for proper disposal. STCC Police will provide assistance in determining proper disposal of contaminated items.