Each year, according to the U.S. Department of Environment Conservation, more than 17 million gallons of fuel are spilled during the refueling of power lawn and garden tools such lawnmowers, garden tractors, trimmers, tillers, etc. Spilled fuel evaporates into the air and contributes to summer ozone problems. Gardeners can help reduce air pollution by carefully handling and using gasoline. Metal storage containers equipped with a spill proof nozzle are best.
Low-Carbon Footprint Practices:
- Use a metal 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.
- Transport and 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 garden tools during ozone action days.