GAS SAFETY: Trade Your Old Container For Free Safer Model

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Many of us keep red plastic gas containers in our garage to fill our lawnmowers. This weekend, you can exchange your old can for a safer one.

Last September, 10-year-old Christopher Allsup was starting a fire with his brother to roast marshmallows. He was using a gas can and it exploded burning 90 percent of his body. He later died from his injuries.

In his honor, his family is encouraging people to trade in old plastic containers for new metal ones with flame arrestors.

“A flame arrestor is a small piece of mesh metal, and what that does is it stops flames from going back into a gas container, and it can help eliminate a gas can explosion,” Janna Day with Safe Kids Greater Des Moines said.

You can exchange your plastic container for free Saturday, June 7th at the Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-off in Bondurant. The event runs 8 a.m. to noon. Supplies are limited and it’s first come first serve.


  • Mike Cee

    While I feel sorry for the young man and his family, this is a typical feel good move that does nothing more than absolve people from taking personal responsibility and putting safety first. It would be better to teach folks how to handle normal gas cans in a responsible manner rather than redesign a gas can that allows them to still do something stupid with a dangerous, flammable chemical.

    Adults-if you’re not responsible enough to handle gas safely, then don’t. Parents-if your kids aren’t responsible enough to handle gas safely, keep it locked up so they can’t get to it or teach them how to safely handle flammable liquids.

    There are millions of us who have used normal gas cans for decades without a single incident-we’ve taken personal responsibility for ourselves and we make certain that we use gas in a responsible manner. There’s no reason why everyone can’t choose to do the same thing.

    • Hope

      I’m thankful for this exchange. I didn’t know about gas can safety until I heard Christopher’s story. He was not near an open flame. He was only carrying a plastic gas can through the yard. The static electricity of his walking made the can blow up. He was not lighting a fire, he was to young for that. He was simply allowed to walk with it. That is scary!! In my wildest dreams I didn’t realize that could happen. I’m a mother of 5 kids and anything I can do to protect them I will do. Thank you to the Allusp family for caring about our community and making all of us aware of the dangers. Your selfless act will save someone else from going through what your family did.

  • Adam

    I agree with Mike. If your gas can does not have a flame arrestor and you feel you need one EZ Pour brand spouts come with one. I am unfamiliar with the gas can in the above picture, but the so called safety cans I’ve used are designed to spill gas everywhere but into the place the gas needs to go.

  • 515survival

    I really like the way the safety cans build up pressure to when you go to fill your lawnmower it comes spraying out all over the place.
    @Mike, unfortunately most people do not have a sense of personal responsibility.

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