Following a recent emergency declaration in Oregon from Governor Kate Brown due to temperatures hitting triple digits in Oregon, the Oregon Fire Marshall is giving the green light to go ahead and pump your own gas. While self-serve gas is most common in the US, with Oregon being one of just two states that places limits on drivers pumping their own gas, it has been legal in some rural Oregon counties. A bipartisan bill is currently working its way through the legislature, that would give residents across the state to offer self-serve gasoline.
PUMP YOUR OWN… because of our extreme heat advisory, the Oregon Fire Marshall is allowing you to pump your own gas. This is to help protect station attendants from being in that heat all day. Most stations will have someone to help if needed #LiveOnK2 #heatwave #Portland pic.twitter.com/Om074F6cnr
— Mike Warner (@MikeKATU) July 28, 2022
At least during the heat wave in Oregon this week, according to the tweet this is in an effort to help protect station attendants from being in the heat all day. The warm temperatures are expected to continue through the weekend in the Pacific Northwest.
With two suspected deaths that may be linked to the current heat wave, health officials are also reporting in Multnomah County that at least 13 people in the past few days have been treated for illnesses connected to the rising temperatures.
At least a third of the emergency department visits for heat illness this week have been related to heat exposure on the job. We’re seeing younger patients in their 20s coming in with symptoms of heat illness that are building up over days.
— Multnomah County, OR (@multco) July 28, 2022
The emergency order in place currently is for the following 25 counties:
- Hood River