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Safe Practice: Always place
gas cans on the ground before refueling.
Touch the can with the gas dispenser nozzle before removing the can lid.
Keep the gas dispenser nozzle in contact with the can inlet when filling.
In recent incidents reported to
the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), fires
spontaneously ignited when workers or others attempted to fill portable
gasoline containers (gas cans) in the backs of pickup trucks equipped
with plastic bed liners or in cars with carpeted surfaces. Serious skin
burns and other injuries resulted. Similar incidents in the last few
years have resulted in warning bulletins from several private and
These fires result from the
buildup of static electricity. The insulating effect of the bed liner or
carpet prevents the static charge generated by gasoline flowing into the
container or other sources from grounding. The discharge of this buildup
to the grounded gasoline dispenser nozzle may cause a spark and ignite
the gasoline. Both ungrounded metal (most hazardous) and plastic gas
containers have been involved in these incidents.
Residents who stored gasoline or other fuels in
preparation for Y2K perils could be sitting on a time bomb. Many
people purchased limited amounts of cooking fuels that can be safely
stored in their originally purchased containers, under proper
environmental conditions. Others, who stockpiled gasoline and
heating fuels in makeshift drums or containers, pose an enormous life
safety hazard to the community and responders.
When storing gasoline or kerosene it is important that
these fuels be stored in approved containers. Gasoline must be
stored in the "red" container and kerosene in an approved
"blue" container. Storing gasoline, kerosene or other
flammable fuels in non-spill proof containers, soda bottles or milk
bottles is illegal and dangerous.
Gasoline or kerosene cans pose a serious threat when stored in your
basement or any room attached to your home. LP gas tanks, empty or
full, may not be stored in your home or basement. An LP tank, must never
be enclosed in any way.
Last modified: April 07, 2005
maximum of five gallons of gasoline is permitted to be stored on
your residential property, as per the State of New Jersey
Uniform Fire Code. This must be stored in a properly labeled
container, away from your home in a shed or other detached area.
Regardless of the fuel location, a dry chemical or C02 fire
extinguisher should be hung on the outside of a building where
fuels are stored. Any electrical fixtures should be “explosion
proof” (sealed) and wired in sealed conduit to prevent fuel
vapors from coming into contact with electrical sparks.
Prohibit smoking or carrying of smoking materials near your
home fuel storage.
Always shut down the engine of the machine being
fueled. Promptly clean up any spills. Be certain to use
only the equipment that is approved for the fuel in question.
Refuel on the ground!
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