Oregon state officials announced Saturday that Oregonians will now be allowed to pump their own gas due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“During this unprecedented time of state emergency, we need to ensure that critical supply lines for fuels and other basic services remain uninterrupted,” State Fire Marshal Jim Walker said.
State officials said this new self-service pumping rule will be in place until April 11. They will then decide if it needs to be extended.
The provision applies to the entire state of Oregon.
Walker said a gas station attendant must be present to supervise refueling to make sure it’s consistent with social distancing policies.
Gas stations are also being directed to implement sanitation measures.
A gas station may offer self-service without an attendant present only if there are not any employees available to work. If that’s the case, it must also post safety signs and directions on how to properly operate a fuel pump.
The State Fire Marshall posted the following on its website:
Can I pump my own gas now in Oregon?
Yes, under this provision, you may pump your own gas through April 11, 2020.
Where in the state can I pump my own gas under this provision?
How will I know how to pump my own gas?
There should be instructions posted on the dispensing equipment. In addition, the Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, produced a flyer that operators may post at dispensers. The flyer provides safety instructions for the dispensing of gasoline, general operating instructions, and measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
What is a Class 1 flammable liquid?
Gasoline is categorized as a Class 1 flammable liquid.
Do I have to have an attendant do anything?
Under this provision, no.
Will this be extended past April 11, 2020?
OSFM will continue to evaluate the need for an extension with industry representatives and other stakeholders.
What if I need help?
At some locations, an attendant who is supervising the dispensing may be available for assistance.
What does the 10-hour limit mean?
Under this provision, if the owner meets the requirements of section C, the owner may allow self-serve fueling to occur without an attendant for ten consecutive hours.
Is this effective 24 hours a day, seven days a week?
Will the equipment be cleaned?
This provision does require the operator to implement sanitation measures when an attendant is present to supervise the dispensing.
If I wish to use gloves, will they be provided?
Under this provision, the operator is not required to provide gloves.
Will there always be at least one attendant to help me?
No. Under section C of this provision, an attendant may not always be present.
Will the OSFM be monitoring gas stations to make sure they are following the rules?
OSFM does not intend to actively monitor retail service stations for compliance. However, if our office receives information that a station may not be following the rules, we will reach out to them to provide education to assist them.
Will OSFM write citations?
Our focus is to support both Oregon businesses and residents during this event and to help make sure everyone has access to gasoline during this crisis.