How to Safely Fill and Transport Gasoline in Michigan (Part II)

If you need gas, just head to the gas station with your gas can and follow these steps to fill it up.

Step 3: Fill the gas can 90% full of gasoline. Squeeze the trigger on the fuel pump nozzle to dispense the gasoline into the can, having some room for fuel expansion.

Step 4: Replace the cap on the gas can. Be sure the cap is on tightly.

Step 5: Put the can vertical in the truck bed or trunk of your vehicle. You might want to tie the can in place with rope or secure it with a bungee cord to stop it from tumbling over.

Step 6: Transport the full gas can to its anticipated destination quickly. Leaving a gasoline-filled can in the heat or sun is a fire risk, so reduce its exposure to the elements as much as possible.

Tip: If you do not plan to use all the gasoline in the gas can in a timely fashion, put in a fuel stabilizer to the fuel mix. This stops spontaneous combustion if you want to store the gas out of the sun and heat for future use, like in a lawnmower.

Tip: Fuel cans frequently are color-coded based on the type of gas they are made to hold. Blue is for kerosene, red is for gasoline while yellow is for diesel fuel.

Though gasoline can be hazardous because of its highly flammable nature, it is okay to safely fill a gas can and transport it. It just takes some extra care to keep it away from heat and sparks, so you can get the gasoline to gas-powered machinery or a vehicle in need.

Regardless of the reason and which type of fuel you need, the process to fill up and transport a jerry can is the same.

Transporting fuel can safely is imperative. Solid care must be taken whether your fuel container is full or only has fumes in it.