Vehicle fires sometimes occur while people are filling metal gas cans placed on plastic surfaces. This type of fire usually involves a gas can in the back of a pick-up truck with a plastic bed liner.
Gasoline tends to carry a static electric charge. When pouring
gasoline into a can, this charge can build up on the can.
If the can is sitting on concrete or the ground, the static
charge can safely flow away. But when the can is sitting on
plastic, such as the plastic bed liner in a truck, the static
charge can not escape because the plastic is an insulator,
that is, it does not conduct electricity. A spark can occur
between the can and the fuel nozzle and ignite the gasoline.
When the spark occurs in the flammable vapor space near the open mouth of the gas can, a fire occurs.
Use only gas cans approved by OSHA and follow these precautions:
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Publication #: AE301
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one of a series of the Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute
of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida.
Supported in part by the NIOSH Deep-South Center for Occupational
Health and Safety, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida.
First published September 2001. Please visit the EDIS Web
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2. Carol J. Lehtola, assistant professor, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Extension Agricultural Safety Specialist, and Charles M. Brown, Assistant Coordinator for Agricultural Safety and Health, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, 32611.
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