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Using Type II Safety Gasoline Cans for Safe Transport of Gas

Petroleum is made up of toxic chemicals that can cause serious health threats if not contained. They can get into the ground water or waterways and contaminate our drinking supply. Gasoline, on the other hand, has properties that cause severe fire hazards if not handled properly. It ignites easily, burns vigorously, and may explode. Its vapor becomes a fuse that brings the flame back into the liquid gasoline source. For example, if gasoline gets into a sanitary sewer, not only will it contaminate the water, but it can explode and seriously hamper the treatment plants' capability to treat sewage. Unless you use a fumigator, gasoline is the most dangerous material that we use on a regular basis. Utilizing the proper gas container can make the handling of gasoline safer and easier.

Type II Safety gas cans allow you to safely handle and transport flammable liquids such as gasoline, kerosene and oil. Type II Safety Gasoline Cans come with two openings - one for pouring out and one for filling. They feature various safety characteristics such as flame arrestors to prevent flame from spreading back into the container. They also have non-sparking spouts and gasketed self-closing lids to relieve pressure build up. These safety gas cans are made from corrosion-resistant plastic, metal or steel. These Type II Safety Gas Cans help you comply with FM, UL and ULC regulations.

Gasoline is frequently removed or drained from vehicle gas tanks when replacing the fuel pump, servicing the fuel pump, replacing the tank because of damage or removing contaminated fuel. These tasks can be performed safely and efficiently if you know and follow the proper procedures on top of using certified and approved safety equipment. Here are some guidelines on how you can safely fill up and transport your gas cans:

1.               Before filling any container with gasoline, make sure to get the right can or container to transport gas. Type II Safety gas cans are the appropriate equipment for this task. These cans completely seal openings to prevent spills or vapor leaks that can be hazardous to your health.

2.               Make sure that the gasoline will not be exposed to too much heat. Pressurized gas can pose a danger to you, the people around you and the immediate surroundings.

3.               Be aware that your body carries static electricity that can spark a fire when you come into contact to a gas pump station. Before actually holding the gas pump lever, look around for a metal object and touch it. The metal object will conduct the static electricity your body may be carrying. This will save you from the risk of igniting any fire in a gasoline station.

4.               Replace the gas can cap and twist it securely. Once your gas can is secured, take a rag and wipe off any excess gasoline that may have spilled onto the exterior body of the can. Do not put the gas can immediately in your vehicle. Allow the excess gasoline that you have wiped off to evaporate to prevent it from contaminating your vehicle.

5.               Lastly, while on transport, keep your safety gas can out of the sun or away from heat. Always remember that what you are carrying can easily ignite if exposed to such extremities.

Safety is the most important consideration when handling dangerous materials such as gasoline. Being aware and following proper procedures and using safety measures will prevent any accidents and injuries from happening and will lessen any potential risks.

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