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Reducing Air Pollution from Lawn and Garden Equipment

A spill proof gas can is being used to fill a lawn mower.

Each year, fuel is spilled during the refueling of power lawn and garden equipment. Spilled fuel evaporates and contributes to summer ozone.

Here is how you can help reduce spills:

  • Use a metal or other newer approved gas can that can be easily handled and held.
  • Pour slowly and smoothly while filling the tank.
  • Use a spout or funnel.
  • Avoid overfilling.
  • Tightly close the cap or spout and vent hole after filling the gas tank and after filling the gas can at the service station.
  • Store the gas can and equipment out of direct sunlight and in a cool place.
  • Avoid tipping equipment on the side for cleaning when the gas tank is full.
  • Do not operate during ozone action days.

For further information, see Part 239: Portable Fuel Container Spillage Control (leaves DEC website).


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