Now that the warm weather is starting to return, be careful when you fill up your lawnmower’s little red gas can at your favorite local gas station. Did you know it’s not safe to fill the can in back of your car or truck? The other day I was at a c-station and saw a number of customers filling up their cans, obviously excited to mow the lawn, but one of them was filling up in the back of his truck: a big non-no.
What the problem? An unsecured plastic gas can in your vehicle can generate static electricity while moving around on carpet or a truck bed liner. If you arrive at a gas station with an electrically charged gas can, you run the risk of starting a fire when you touch the nozzle tip to the can.
Remember: Always fill portable containers on ground. Never fill them in or on a vehicle.
Other things to know:
• Never get back in your car while fueling up; you can create static that way too.
• Never smoke while filling up.
• Never let kids help you fill up – the vapors are bad for them.
• Never jam something in the hold down latch when filling up.
What about cell phones? There is actually no formal proof that cell phones have caused fires at gas stations. The stories we know about involve a cell phone-chatting person getting back in the car while filling up and generating an electric charge that way. Still, please give the fill-up your undivided attention and don’t be distracted on the phone in case you need to respond to a problem.
Want to see some YouTube videos about folks who didn’t know these safety tips?
Any questions about gas station safety? Give me a shout.