How to Safely Fill and Transport Gasoline Using a Gas Can

Keep gasoline in a gas can away from heat and potential sparks when transporting it in a vehicle.
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The chances of an individual running out of gas in a lifetime are high if not inevitable, which means that gasoline must be transported to the vehicle that is out of fuel. Since gasoline is highly flammable, extra care is necessary to ensure the safety of those around. With this sensible method, you can safely fill and transport gasoline using a jerry can to get a vehicle out of fuel back on the road.
In this article, Method 1 outlines the basic procedure of filling a gas can and transporting it safely in a vehicle.

Method 1 of 1: Basic gas can filling and transporting safety

Be sure to use a proper gas can designed for the purpose of transporting flammable liquid instead of a random container. Gas cans seal tightly to prevent leakage and include a nozzle to deposit the gas into a vehicle’s fuel tank without spillage.
Step 1: Place an empty gas can on the ground. The can must be on the ground instead of a truck bed with a plastic liner or carpeted floorboard, so it is electrically grounded.
This is because the flow of gasoline into the can creates static electricity that could spark without that ground.
Step 2: Unscrew the cap of the gas can and insert the fuel pump nozzle into the can. It is advisable to place the cap on an even surface, so it does not roll away when you are not looking.
Step 3: Fill the gas can 95% full with gasoline. Squeeze the trigger on the fuel pump nozzle to dispense the gasoline into the can, leaving a little room to allow for fuel expansion.
Step 4: Replace the cap on the gas can. Make sure the cap is screwed on tightly.
Step 5: Place the can upright in the trunk or truck bed of your vehicle. You may wish to tie the can in place with rope or secure it with a bungee cord to prevent it from falling over.
Step 6: Transport the full gas can to its desired destination promptly. Leaving a gasoline-filled can in the sun or heat is a fire risk, so minimize its exposure to such elements as much as possible.
  • Tip: If you do not plan to use all of the gasoline in the gas can in a timely manner, add a fuel stabilizer to the fuel mix. This prevents spontaneous combustion if you plan to store the gas out of the heat and sun for future use, such as in a lawn mower.
  • Tip: Fuel cans often are color-coded according to the type of gas they are designed to hold. Red is for gasoline while blue is for kerosene and yellow is for diesel fuel.
Although gasoline can be dangerous due to its highly flammable nature, it is possible to safely fill a gas can and transport it. It just takes a little extra care to keep it away from sparks and heat, so you can get the gasoline to a vehicle in need or to gas-powered machinery.
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