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It’s a “Safety Can”, Get it?

Do you know why it is a “Safety Can?”  Why is it red?  Red means it contains flammables.  Understanding the design and proper use of this safety tool can save your life, pain, and possibly a lot of money.  Safety topics should aid in preventing all of these.

When if comes to storing or transporting fuel such as gasoline, it is important to keep the quantity down to a minimum.  Additionally, it is an even better idea to have a lid that will allow only small amount of vapor to be released.  A “Safety Can” is the best tool to mitigate the risk of fire in this case.

Gasoline expands when it gets warmed up.  Even the 100LL (low lead) that I use in my airplane expands until it runs out of the vents.  The “Safety Can” pictured here is designed with a lid that is spring loaded so that gas vapor can be released.  When vapor is released, it is a small quantity and has a chance to dissipate into the air without igniting.  This design can also help to prevent the spread of fire.

Let’s say the can is near a fire and begins to heat up.  If the can maintains its integrity long enough, the escaping vapor can release slowly and the liquid can remain in the “Safety Can” until the fire is put out.  Hopefully the can does not have to be exposed for a long period of time.  That’s why it needs to be in a flammable storage cabinet, but that’s another blog.

For today, conduct an inspection in your workplace and make sure any gasoline being stored is in a “Safety Can.”  When you find a “Safety Can”, inspect it to make sure the lid is spring loaded, will close and seal, and is in good repair.  If you find a “Safety Can” that is not operating properly, safely transfer the flammables to a proper functioning one and take the malfunctioning one out of service.  When transferring flammables from one can to another, or from the can to a vehicle, or machine, be sure to connect the two with a wire to minimize static electrical discharge.  Safety topics like this should be shared with everyone so that we can work together creating hazard free workplaces, so that Nobody Gets Hurt.

Be Safe!

Carl Potter


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