Did you know . . . that fires have resulted from filling metal
portable gasoline containers (gas cans) in the back of pick-up trucks while
the containers were resting on plastic bed liners, or in vehicles with
carpeted or rubber-matter surfaces? These fires result from the buildup of
The insulating effect of bed liners, carpeting or rubber mats prevents
the static charge generated by gasoline flowing into containers from
grounding. The discharge of the 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.
To minimize the possibility of a fire when dispensing gasoline into a
- Use only containers that have been listed, labeled or approved for
- Do not dispense gasoline into a portable gasoline container while it
is located inside a vehicle, trunk, or pick-up truck bed.
- Make sure the container is stable and positioned on the concrete or
asphalt prior to dispensing gasoline.
- When placing the gasoline container on the ground surface, make sure
it is positioned away from other vehicles, people and moving traffic.
- Use caution when dispensing the gasoline from the nozzle. Make sure
the nozzle remains in the gasoline container until dispensing is
- Avoid using nozzle latch or hold-open devices when filling a
- Avoid smoking when dispensing gasoline into containers.