All field equipment must be checked before heading out into the field. Check the tents, camp stoves, lanterns, flashlights, sleeping bags and any other equipment before you use them. Purchase new batteries and camp fuel yearly instead of relying on old supplies.
Most field equipment can be stored in the department – but not all. Any items that required camp fuel or gasoline to operate MUST be stored WITHOUT any fuel in them. DRAIN any such items before bringing them back into the building. AIR DRY all gasoline canisters before placing them into inside storage. Flammable fuels cannot be stored inside any University buildings.
Outside Storage for Flammable Field Fuels
Fire codes prohibit storage of camp fuels of any type inside University Buildings.
Therefore the University has provided the field-intense departments with outside storage cages which are located at South Campus near the Vehicle Pool Building. Cage # 2 is labeled EAS; keys can be signed out from Room 1-26 ESB. The cage is available from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays. Vehicle Pool locks the compound after hours and on weekends so you need to organize your field trips so that you have removed your camp fuels prior to lock down.
The outdoor storage cage is provided to store gasoline, propane cylinders and camp fuels used in the field. Label your items with the Faculty Member’s name.
Once field season is over you can aerate gasoline containers and store them in your inside field storage areas, but be sure that all gas fumes have been eliminated. Engines and machinery that contain fuels must be drained prior to storing them away for the winter. DO NOT STORE GASOLINE, BUTANE, PROPANE TANKS, PROPANE CYLINDERS, OR ANY FIELD EQUIPMENT CONTAINING FUELS INSIDE ANY UNIVERSITY BUILDING . (Not even inside a flammable cabinet.)
NEVER store ANY camping fuels in your office areas or in the laboratories. The EAS Safety Committee will remove any camp fuels from offices, labs or storage areas and send them out as chemical waste.