Barrar Gas Station Safety Bill Heads to Governor

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives Monday approved legislation authored by Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, to improve safety at self-service fueling stations.


“People take for granted the safety of the gasoline they handle at self-service fueling stations, but these are very volatile substances,” said Barrar.  “There have been cases of mishaps at gas stations with, unfortunately, deadly consequences.  Perhaps the more likely danger, though, is people who are in a hurry to fill up and get back on the road.  My legislation will allow for improved traffic patterns and will alleviate congestion in the gas pump bay area.”


House Bill 728 would incorporate National Fire Protection Association standards, which allow for multiple emergency control devices and electrical disconnects at gas stations.  The legislation would still require the main shut-off switch to be within 15 feet of the attendant, but it also would require a shut-off switch to be within 100 feet of the nearest pump.  No gas pump would be permitted to be beyond 200 feet from the main shut-off switch.


Barrar noted that his legislation would only apply to newly constructed, modified or expanded gas stations.


In addition, House Bill 728 would strengthen safety standards for signage by requiring the Department of Labor and Industry to include warnings signs about smoking, the use of portable containers, the dangers of static electricity, and other safety precautions as determined by the department.    


The Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute, Office of the State Fire Commissioner, Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council, and the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association support the legislation, which will now go before Gov. Tom Corbett for his signature.


More information about Barrar and his legislative priorities is available at and


State Representative Steve Barrar

160th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley


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