Most gas cans pose a significant risk to young children because of their lack of child-resistant safety features. Gasoline
from gas cans is responsible for deaths and injuries from ignition of the volatile vapors and from direct aspiration into the lungs
or aspiration following vomiting of ingested gasoline.
Most standard gas cans have three openings; a vent, a spout and a fill port. The vent is used to relieve pressure and to facilitate pouring by providing a source of air. The spout aids pouring into small openings such as gas tanks or gasoline-powered equipment. The spout can be inverted and stored inside the gas can in some designs. The fill port is used to fill the gas can with gasoline.
Gasoline is a highly volatile and flammable liquid derived from petroleum. For children, the most serious types of injuries associated with exposure to gasoline are burns, often severe, following ignition of the volatile vapors, and chemical pneumonia, pulmonary damage and possible death associated with direct aspiration into the lungs.
Although many gas can manufacturers have begun designing their products with child and spill proof devices, most gas cans sold in the United States lack these features. Hundreds of children under the age of five suffer severe burns or burn to death each year because of the lack of safety devices on most gas cans. Thousands more are poisoned by gasoline. Safety groups and other consumer interest organizations insist there is an urgent need for child-resistant features on all gas cans.
If you have been injured by a defective gas can, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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