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How to Use Gas Cans

by Steve Cortis

Every day people fuel cars, lawnmowers, snow blowers, chainsaws and other power tools with the versatile fuel gasoline. If you find it inconvenient or impossible to refuel a tool or other equipment directly from the pump, you need a way to transport gasoline. Gas cans, plastic or metal containers with a volume of 1 to 5 gallons, provide the safest and easiest way to transfer gasoline from the pump to a vehicle or tool.

Step 1

Open the small air vent on the top of the gas can. Remove the cap from the can and place both on the ground, away from your vehicle to isolate the can from any static charge built up on your car.

Step 2

Place the nozzle of the gas pump into the gas can. Ensure contact between the gas nozzle and the inside of the gas can to help prevent a static spark.

Step 3

Fill the gas can to only about 95 percent full to allow for the changes in gasoline volume that varying temperatures cause.

Step 4

Close both the cap and the air vent on the gas can before placing the can in your vehicle.

Step 5

Place the gas can in the trunk of your car or in the bed of a truck. Secure the gas can by tying it down or placing it between heavy items that won't allow it to move.

Step 6

Open the air vent to allow gasoline to pour more easily.

Ensure contact between the nozzle of the gas can and the inside of the gas tank of your vehicle or tool. Pour gas from the can into the vehicle or tool.


  • Refrain from smoking or lighting any kind of spark or open flame around gas cans.
  • Allow hot engines to cool down before refueling them to prevent ignition of gasoline or its vapors.
  • Use gasoline in a well-ventilated area.
  • Avoid inhaling gasoline fumes.

Items you will need

  • Gas can

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