Red Gas Cans May Be in Short Supply for Hurricane Season
Did you know that Americans purchase more than 15 million portable fuel cans each year? In years when hurricanes make landfall, sales run about 30 percent higher. The familiar red gas cans that are part of most storm preparation and recovery kits could soon be in critically short supply. The Portable Fuel Container Manufacturers Association is alerting emergency management officials to supply chain issues that threaten their ability to meet consumer demand in the event of an active hurricane season.
- To avoid static electricity ignition, do NOT fill a gas container while it is inside a vehicle, a vehicle’s trunk or pickup bed or on any surface other than the ground.
- Use only an approved container with a cap that fits tightly.
- Keep your filled container a safe distance away from the vehicle, other customers and traffic.
- Keep the nozzle in contact with the can during filling, and only fill the container about 95 percent full to allow for expansion.
- If gasoline spills on the container, make sure it is evaporated before putting it in your vehicle.