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MIAMI, OKLA. – Following the closure of Colonial Pipeline earlier this year, much attention has been paid to how do not to transport gasoline and other fuels. During Fuel Safety Month in July, Scepter experts® provide information on how to safely use fuel cans approved for gasoline, diesel and kerosene fuels.
“During the gas shortage, we saw people using everything from jugs of milk and soda bottles to plastic bags to refuel,” says Dan Marshall, vice president of marketing and development. commercial at Scepter. “People were also filling containers in the trunk of their cars and in the backs of vans. These are all dangerous and irresponsible acts.
“It is important to know that only tested and certified fuel containers should be used for fuel storage. In addition, containers should always be removed from a stationary vehicle and placed on the ground at a safe distance when filling.
Marshall says using a reliable fuel container eliminates the dangers of accidental spills. A falling bucket, bag or other unreliable container containing gasoline could result in a fire, safety or environmental situation. Durable, high density, multi-layered polypropylene fuel containers, such as Scepter® SmartControl™ containers, are a safe choice for transporting and storing fuels.
Fuel Safety Tips – Choosing the Right Container
During Fuel Safety Month, Scepter officials highlight relevant safety tips for children and adults in a variety of everyday settings.
Tip # 1 – Regularly inspect your existing fuel canister for leaks or cracks. If you see signs of aging, carefully discard the container and purchase a new one.
Tip # 2 – If you have to buy a new can of fuel, look for one with controllable flow, child safety features, and a Flame Mitigation Device (FMD) for added safety. Even with an FMD on a unit, fire and fuel should never be mixed.
Tip # 3 – Only buy fuel cans from trusted brands, like Scepter, available from top retailers in-store and online.
Tip # 4 – Once you have a new fuel canister, do not remove or modify the FMD inside the canister opening in any way.
Tips: refuel at the pump
Tip # 5 – Only put the right fuel in the right container. Universally, red containers are for gasoline, blue containers are for kerosene, and yellow containers are for diesel.
Tip # 6 – Before you go to the pump, take a look at the products you need fuel for. All fuels are not the same. Select the correct fuel for your outdoor power equipment. Do not use fuel with a higher ethanol content than recommended for your equipment.
Tip # 7 – Never let children run pumps or fill fuel cans. And, never smoke when filling a gas tank or fuel can.
Tip # 8 – Be sure to follow the proper filling instructions for containers with FMDs. (see instructional video)
Tip # 9 – Remove fuel cans from vehicles before refueling and turn off your vehicle’s engine. Place containers on the ground at a safe distance from a vehicle when filling. Do not leave containers in the back of a pickup truck or in the trunk of a car when filling.
Tip # 10 – Look for a “fuel fill line” on your container. Never fill beyond this mark. Leaving some space in the container allows for expansion.
Tip # 11– Fuel containers can build up a static electrical charge during transport. Touch the container with the gas distributor nozzle before removing the container lid to ground the static charge.
Tip # 12 – Keep the nozzle in contact with the container when filling to prevent static buildup. In the event of a fire caused by static electricity, leave the nozzle in the filler pipe. Immediately move away from the vehicle and notify the station attendant.
Tip # 13 – Thoroughly wipe up any fuel spills, either while filling the container or while using the container.
Tip # 14 – Secure your filled fuel cans in your vehicle against tipping and slipping. Never leave containers in a car trunk or flat bed and avoid direct sunlight.
Tips: Use fuel for outdoor household chores
Tip # 15 – Use fuel only outdoors, in well-ventilated areas where you will not breathe fumes.
Tip # 16 – Do not smoke when using fuel or near a fuel container. A single spark can ignite gasoline vapors.
Tip # 17 – Never refuel any equipment while it is running. Gasoline is a fluid with vapors which can generate dangerous explosive power. Keep gasoline away from ignition sources and hot or operating equipment.
Tip # 18 – If you run out of gas during a project, like cutting grass, keep the engine warm
cool before adding more fuel. This eliminates the risk of fuel being accidentally spilled on a hot surface. If this happens, the fuel or vapors could ignite and potentially explode.
Tip # 19 – If flammable liquid spills inside or outside the home, there may be a risk of vapor or fire. Immediately contact your fire department or local authorities for complete clean-up instructions and restrict access to the spill area by children and pets.
Tip # 20 – Do not siphon any type of fuel through your mouth. Instead, invest in a siphon pump.
Tips: Outdoor activities
Tip # 21 – Gasoline is not a lighter fluid. Never attempt to start or speed up a bonfire, barbecue or grill with gasoline. (See an important video on fire advice)
Tip # 22 – Keep children away from fuel cans or operating equipment.
Tip # 23 – Don’t guess. Check beforehand to determine the type of fuel recommended for your outdoor lawn and sports equipment. Follow all of the product manufacturer’s safety recommendations. And, if you are using a specific container for a fuel / oil mixture, be sure to mark the container with a permanent marker to remind you what that container contains for future use.
Tip # 24 – Only use appropriate pesticides to kill anthills, wasp nests, and beehives. Never use any type of fuel for this purpose.
Tip # 25 – Gasoline should never be used as a cleaning agent or for washing hands.
Tip # 26 – Choose the right container for outdoor activities. While a Scepter SmartControl container is ideal for family tasks, the easy-to-transport Scepter Marine containers are designed for the needs of boating.
Tips: Storage of fuel cans
Tip # 27: When not in use, store all filled fuel cans in a safe, dry place away from pets and easily accessible to children. Never store filled fuel cans in a vehicle or in a living space, such as a house or trailer.
Tip # 28 – When storing in a garage, be sure to store fuel containers away from furnaces, hot water tanks, and other potential heat sources.
Tips: Disposal of old fuel
Tip # 29 – Know your fuel. Winter fuel is heavier and is a unique blend. The fuel available in spring and summer is different and should be used for lawn maintenance and sports equipment.
Tip # 30 – Get rid of any winter gasoline mixture stored in containers by putting it in your car with a funnel. The small amount of winter fuel will easily mix with the gasoline in your tank.
For consumers, Scepter offers innovative Scepter™ SmartControl™ fuel cans for gasoline, kerosene and diesel. SmartControl heavy-duty containers are made in America and designed to significantly exceed ASTM and CPSC minimum standards. All Scepter portable fuel containers in the United States already include FMDs certified to the new ASTM F3326 standard. In addition, each product includes child safety locks.
Recognized by This old house magazine as “Top 20 Best New Products of 2019” in the Lawn & Garden category, SmartControl containers also received the “Best in Class” award at the 2018 National Hardware Show. Constructed in the USA of durable high density polyethylene and safe, SmartControl containers can be found all over the United States at Home Depot®, Walmart®, Lowe’s®, AutoZone®, Pep Boys, Target and Northern® Tool shops + equipment. Visit www.sceptre.com for more information.