Gasoline and Seasonal Change

As fall and winter approach, leftover gasoline can be a potentially dangerous nuisance. Yard equipment is often powered by gasoline, and its a common element of yard maintenance. The same volatile ignition qualities that make gasoline useful for powering yard equipment also make it extremely dangerous.

Gasoline fumes are much heavier than air. Unventilated fumes can creep along the floor long distances. Fumes accumulate at the lowest point on the floor, where pilot lights for water heaters and furnaces are also located. Even the smallest spark or open flame can create a huge explosion.

Never store gasoline in the house and preferably not in the garage. A well-ventilated, non-inhabitable (locked) structure away from the house is preferable. Always store in a container specially manufactured for gasoline storage.

Many safety experts recommend buying no more than 1 gallon at a time. Gasoline goes stale quickly. Most homeowners do not use large gasoline quantities consistently, so refilling results in a consistently better fuel. Smaller storage containers make gas disposal in the fall less burdensome.

Check your owners manual for managing gasoline powered yard equipment. Some recommend filling the tank and adding a stabilizer after the seasons last use, while other manufacturers recommend draining the tank.

Keep gas in its place safely managed and carefully stored outside the house.