Do you know what precautions you should take when filling up a portable gas container?
Here are 5 things to remember if you use portable gas containers:
- According to the Provincial Fire Code, the only portable containers you can dispense gas into must be CSA or ULC approved.
- Gas expands as it warms. When filling a portable container, remember to leave an air space of about 5% just in case the gas expands.
- Do not fill any container while it is inside a vehicle, a vehicle’s trunk, pick-up bed or any surface other than the ground. Fumes could collect posing a serious fire threat. When a container is sitting on a non-grounded surface, like a plastic liner in the back of a truck, it is possible to have a static spark ignite the gas fumes. Remove the approved container from the vehicle and place it on the ground and away from the vehicle before filling.
- Keep the nozzle in contact with the container during filling. This lessens the chance of a spark occurring between the nozzle and the container.
- Never engage a latch-open device (these are found on pumps where you don’t have to hold the nozzle) to fill a portable container. This type of container does not generate sufficient back pressure to turn off the pump.
Please remember these safety procedures when dispensing your own fuel into portable containers.