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.