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Plastic Gas Container – Dynamite in a Can?

March 1, 2010

Fumes Ignite Re-Enter Gas Container and Explode!

Do you have a plastic gas container you use? I’ll bet it doesn’t have a fire safety shield. For well over 100 years gas cans for gas storage were known to be equipped with safety shields – a simple mesh filter that keeps ignited fumes from going back into the container and exploding, injuring and killing people. Once big box stores started buying and selling things for the cheapest prices possible, makers of gas containers started using plastics and chose to sell the containers without the simple safety shield.

Since then many have been injured and killed by fires and explosions that could have been prevented if a simple safety shield–costing pennies–had been included.