In recent months, there have been several new reports regarding the alleged explosion hazard of red portable gas cans that so many Americans have in their homes, garages and cars. Consumers have been seriously injured while using these red gas cans due to explosions.
According to recent reports, these explosions may have been prevented if a flame arrester was installed in the cans. A flame arrester is a metal wire mesh that keeps any flames from entering back into the can leading to an explosion.
In November 2013, a news report talked about the horrific injuries that the gas can explosions have caused and that a simple fix of installing a flame arrester would have prevented the cans from exploding. *Source: www.usatoday.com (Portable gas cans without the flame arrestor have been known)
The report further stated that the flame arrester would cost approximately a nickel to install.
Earlier this week, NBC also reported on the dangers of the portable gas cans. *Source: investigation.nbcnews.com (Warning: Scientists say gas cans carry risk of explosion)
The report also discussed the use of flame arresters to prevent explosions. Certain types of lighter fluid cans and rum bottles have flame arresters.
Since 2009, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has been investigating whether the standard for the red gas cans needs to include adding flame arresters.
This week, CPSC responded to this alleged explosion danger of red gas cans and issued a statement calling on the gas can industry to incorporate flame arrester technology into its containers.
The statement provided, “CPSC believes that this technology also should be included in gasoline containers. CPSC is calling on the industry to regain the momentum that was lost in years past by designing their products to include this safety technology. In addition, CPSC is asking voluntary standards organizations to incorporate a flame arrestor system into applicable safety standards for gas cans.”
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