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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.

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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 government organizations.

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


A 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.

And remember:

Refuel on the ground!



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