Red Plastic Gas Can Explosions
The red gas can exploded and you were burned. It changed your life. This could have been prevented if the manufacturer had spent less than $1 by putting a "flame arrestor" in the spout.
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According to knowledgeable experts, Americans buy approximately 20 million gas cans per year, and there are currently about 100 million red plastic gas cans currently in circulation in the U.S.
Many people have been badly burned as a result of the Blitz red plastic gas cans that they bought at various stores. NBC news has reported that there have been at least 11 reported deaths and approximately 1,200 emergency room visits from injuries suffered from these RED PLASTIC bombs since 1998.
The Red Plastic Gas Containers have some defects:
- The lack of a flame arrestor in the spout of the gas can. This simple device that costs about 50 cents is a small metal device with mesh holes fitted into the spout of a gas container. The arrestor forces the flame to go through a narrow passage that is too narrow to allow the flame to pass through. This prevents the gas in the plastic gas can from igniting and exploding.
- The lack of clear bold warnings on the gas can. A bold, visible warning could save lives and prevent numerous burns.
- The lack of child-resistant gas caps that obviously should be on the gas cans.
People who have had the Blitz red plastic cans explode and as a result been badly burned have
Manufacturers of consumer products should be held responsible for selling defective products including dangerous red gas cans. This responsibility includes the duty to exercise reasonable care in the design and making of a product.
Flame arresters were invented 200 years ago. Today, they are on water heaters, charcoal lighter fluid cans, and even Bacardi 151 Rum bottles! They have been used for 100 years on metal gas cans. These devices have prevented numerous dangerous explosions for more than a hundred years. (Society of Forensic Engineers and Scientists)
Most of the Red plastic gas cans are missing a simple flame arrestor that would prevent explosions. A flame arrestor is a small piece of thin wire mesh that is located in the gas can spout. It allows the gasoline to pour out of the can, but also prevents flames or heat from igniting the explosive gasoline vapors inside the can. Explosions typically occur when the vapors inside the gas can come into contact with flames or heat outside the can. A nearby open flame, cigarettes, sparks from appliance motors, or even static electricity can ignite gasoline vapor and cause the gas can to explode. Young children playing with matches are even more vulnerable.
Gasoline can manufacturers have known or should have known about this danger for a long time. Professional or commercial grade gas cans have contained flame arrestors for over 100 years.
The best way to protect yourself and your family from the dangers associated with dangerous plastic gas cans is to replace them with a professional or commercial grade gas can. These can be easily purchased online at retailers such as Amazon.com and at traditional hardware stores such as Lowes and Home Depot. Although, they are more expensive than plastic gas cans, the safety features that the metal cans include are worth it. Look for metal gasoline cans that are Underwriters Laboratories ("UL") approved and check to see that they have a spring loaded cap and a flame arrester.
For more about the lack of the flame arrestor, see USA Today: "Portable gas cans without the flame arrestor have been known to explode."
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