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Is Gasoline Easy to Catch Fire or Diesel

Gasoline is notably more susceptible to ignition.

a gasoline tanker caught fire
An essential term in this context is “flash point,” which refers to the lowest temperature at which a liquid can vaporize to form an ignitable mixture in air, under specific testing conditions. The flash point of gasoline can be below 28°C, compared to light diesel, which ranges from 45 to 120°C. Any substance with a flash point below 61°C is classified as flammable.

Igniting diesel with a naked flame proves difficult as its flash point is significantly higher than the ambient temperature of 20°C, rendering diesel relatively resistant to ignition.



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