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Safe Fuel Containers -- Your Link to Seasonal Chores

 

Safe Fuel Containers -- Your Link to Seasonal Chores

(StatePoint) People are heading outdoors to prep lawns and gardens for the season and get their families ready for warmer weather. What's the key common denominator for most of these activities?

"Whether it's using a tiller to start a garden or power washing the driveway, homeowners rely on fuel to jumpstart warm weather activities," says Daniel Marshall, vice president of marketing and business development with Scepter. "Gasoline, kerosene and diesel fuel all link people to projects and activities outside the home."

No matter what fuel-powered chore you have to do around the home, a few simple considerations can help ensure you complete these tasks efficiently and safely.

Stay Safe

While unseen, fuel emits vapors that can be explosive. For that reason, keep burning cigarettes and other ignition sources away from fuel containers. Surprisingly, even cell phones can create a static charge that might ignite gasoline, so always keep them away from fueling efforts.

If you're in the middle of a task and need more fuel, shut off the engine. And, importantly, let equipment cool before adding more fuel. Refueling powered equipment when hot can cause vapors to ignite or explode, resulting in potential injuries.

Store and Use Fuel Wisely

Proper fuel storage is critical for any shed or garage. Take the step of evaluating and ditching your old metal containers, which are prone to fuel and fume leakage. Consider new models constructed of durable, reliable and safe high-density polyethylene.

You'll also want to be sure your fuel container has a Flame Mitigation Device (FMD) and childproof lock, like Scepter SmartControl fuel containers do.

Plus, the innovative spout design of SmartControl containers provides a clean, fast and hassle-free pour and helps save gas by eliminating messy spills. And, because the container stores with the spout on, hands stay clean. Available in one-, two- and five-gallon sizes, the SmartControl line includes containers for gasoline, diesel and kerosene.

To get the most out of your fuel containers, check out the instructional video "Fuel Container Safety," as well as other video content available at scepter.com/safety/instructional-videos.

Be Prepared

Be sure you have fuel for an entire season of chores and recreation -- as well as for the unexpected.

"Filling your fuel containers at the start of the season means you won't be caught empty-handed when it's time to mow the lawn," says Marshall.

Just be sure not to rely on last season's batch. Fuel sitting unused for many months should be safely discarded, as gas components can deteriorate over time. Changing gasoline out with the seasons keeps it fresh.

You'll also want to be sure you're prepared ahead of time for extreme weather events. Having gasoline on hand during a power outage after a storm can help fuel generators, much-needed chain saws and other gas-powered equipment.

More fuel tips and information can be found at http://www.scepter.com.

"Don't wait until a storm is forecast to prepare," says Marshall. "We've all seen the footage of stores running out of supplies. Get a step ahead of the game, particularly when it comes to essentials like gasoline."

As you go about your seasonal activities, remember that proper fuel handling and storage is essential for a safe and productive season.

 

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