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2 gallon red polyethylene (?) gas "can"
Fuel, Lighters and Fireworks
Fuel Storage
Gasoline Cans (981)
Briggs and Stratton Smart-Fill and others
When using the childproof safety containers for gas we have had more spills (due to awkward handling when pouring into mowers etc.) and more importantly dangerous spewing of gas from a can that has sat fo a little while and built up pressure, once it it opened. For years we handled containers safely and kept them away from children. We so often cure one problem only to create another!!! One container that I have on hand that just did it again was a Briggs and Stratton Smart-Fill 2 gallon. Dumb-fill in our estimation.
Injury→Injury, No First Aid or Medical Attention Received
My Spouse
72 years
Comment from THE PLASTICS GROUP 5/4/2015
EPA emission regulations in effect since January 1, 2009 dictated changes to all Portable Fuel Containers. The EPA requires that the spout automatically closes and stays closed until a user actuates the spout. The regulations do not allow for a vent that can be left open by the consumer. The Plastics Group Smart Fill portable fuel containers meet all applicable standards and regulations.
The instructions on the front label of the Smart Fill portable fuel container state “Depress the Spout to Vent the Can Prior to Usage”. Based on the description provided, it appears that the can was not fully vented prior to use. Fully engaging the spout as directed will release any built up pressure from the container.
The Plastics Group also provides an instructional video on our website and on youtube. The video can be viewed at
The video demonstrates and explains the need to vent the can before every use.

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