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Exploding Gas Cans Possibly Fixed With Nickle Part

WLTX Columbia SC -- A number of red plastic consumer gas cans are made without a small device in the container's spout that could make them more safe.

The device is a small piece of mesh screen called a flame arrestor and would only cost manufacturers about a nickel to include in gas can designs.

"It's something you do everyday, fueling up a lawnmower, fueling up a chainsaw," said Chad Funchess, who for almost four decades used a gas can without a flame arrestor on his parents' Orangeburg farm.

"A pecan limb behind my convenience store had fallen and part of it was on the building," he said. "I was cutting up the limb with my chainsaw."

The chainsaw he was using ran out of gas. While he was refueling, the red gas can unexpectedly exploded.

"I was burned on 46 percent of my upper body and the rest of


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tomok
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2013 3:40:00 PM

No Problem...
I have gas cans with 'vents!'
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True Honda, true!
honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2013 1:10:22 AM

flame arresters can't prevent human stupidity.
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2013 6:44:04 AM

A simple solution to avert tragedy
honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2013 5:55:53 AM

there are lots of common sense things one can do w/out having to add cost.

As for the body burn, sorry to hear, but there's a reason why there are precautions mentioned in the manuals.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 8:24:54 PM

Ouch!

I just did a google search for this nickel part and did not find one. Gas cans that have an arrestor are expensive.
drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 9:47:14 AM

My Pappy used to say "most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna happen anyway."
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 6:08:39 AM

Always thought this device was already required.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 1:49:13 AM

ok
N5EXY
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:17:50 AM

What the ???? Fuel the thing before you start. If it runs out of fuel, you need a break. Don't blame it on the can.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:15:05 AM

My dad had those arrestors (filters) on cans from the 60's. Companies are too damn cheap nowadays.



[Edited by: danreino at 11/14/2013 12:15:37 AM EST]
itsjustme719
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:13:52 AM

Pretty sure they're sold with the flame arrestor in them around here.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:13:07 AM

Ok
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:12:30 AM

These mesh screens have been present in fuel cells for race cars FOR YEARS....
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:10:49 AM

Gas is dangerous. So I'm using electric lawn equipment.
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Learn something every day.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:09:42 AM

hot machine and gas close by dont mix well, sorry about the mans injuries though.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:08:14 AM

Wow...I thought those were to keep debris out of the tank and in the can! Learned something new today
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:07:11 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:06:58 AM

Should be required.
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:05:29 AM

k
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WHO'S FIRST SAFETY OR SALE
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Message Posted: Nov 14, 2013 12:00:55 AM

The only time I've seen gas cans explode is when I meant for them to.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:59:49 PM

Not good.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:58:47 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:57:42 PM

Obviously he should have let the saw cool before refueling. Our society blames the gas can which has been around without flame arrestors for over a hundred years. Blitz closed it's doors last year because of lawsuits and 300 people were put out of work.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:54:10 PM

oh
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:49:59 PM

Sounds like a safety issue
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:49:04 PM

Interesting article.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:48:55 PM

It's a chainsaw thing.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:47:08 PM

Sounds like a good safety measure to have but it seems highly unlikely that these gas can explosions happen very often. The article even says it was never determined what sparked the gas and even talks about exhaust heat being sucked into the can. Correct me if I'm wrong but I wasn't aware that heat could ignite fuel. Anyone who uses small equipment with gas engines should be smart enough to know that gas cans and spark don't mix or you should be using electric tools instead
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:45:53 PM

Interesting.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:44:36 PM

i can remember when the last time a gas can exploded on me... no wait, make that never happened.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:44:15 PM

Not good. One safety tip. Let the engine on your equipment cool for at least a few minute before refueling. That can prevent an accidental explosion.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:44:14 PM

What do you expect from the writers in Columbia, SC? Nickel, nickle, knuckle!
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:44:01 PM

Thanks for the info
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:41:52 PM

Isn't it spelled "N-I-C-K-E-L"?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:41:48 PM

good to know...
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:39:02 PM

But that's a nickel they saved.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:38:55 PM

good post
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:38:29 PM

I have several red plastic gas cans, and have never heard of this or seen anything like that. This is how common?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:37:11 PM

Dangerous to the unknowing
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:36:27 PM

sad
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:36:11 PM

Not good.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:35:44 PM

Make them safe.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:33:51 PM


If a little five cent piece of metal screen mesh will prevent this WHY aren't the gas can makers putting that in ??

Maybe more consumer awareness is needed on how to buy a safe gas can ??
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:27:32 PM

Never heard of anything like this. How common is it?
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:22:26 PM

Sometimes a little common sense will go a long way.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:21:10 PM

Sounds like they should add this to the cans to prevent this problem as well as keeping trash from getting in the tank of whatever you are fueling..
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:18:58 PM

That what happens when they try to save on costs to get bigger profits.
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Message Posted: Nov 13, 2013 11:15:23 PM

Regulations have made gas cans so safe that they are now more dangerous than ever. The "approved" kind have a lock on them that allows gas to build up in the can. When the homeowner goes to fill up the family law mower, they put the spout into the opening and press the trigger spraying gasoline over everything. If there is an ignition source, bye, bye homeowner. So glad they are making them safer!
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