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Gasoline Can Safety

Most people know not to smoke a cigarette when refueling their car, but filling a portable gas can, particularly one placed in the back of a pick up truck, can be just as explosive.

Motorists should especially avoid filling gas containers placed on the beds of pick ups with bed liners. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, static electricity can build up and cause a fire or explosion.

For gasoline storage, look for containers with the UL label. Remove the container from the vehicle and place it on the ground away from the vehicle, other people and traffic. Keep the nozzle in contact with the can during filling.

Source: Tail lights. (1999, March/April). USAA Magazine, 48.

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