Fuel Safety

Handling, transporting and storing fuel for barbecues and lawn mowers can be risky. A little caution when handling fuel can prevent loss of life, personal injury, and property and environmental damage.

Fuel Safety Tips

  • If you need to transport fuels such as propane, gasoline or oil, it should only be carried in approved containers certified by agencies such as the Canadian Standards Association or Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada.
  • Containers should never be filled right to the top. Gasoline expands in warmer temperatures and spillage may occur. Be sure to keep it away from direct sunlight and any source of ignition.
  • On the way home from the service station, carry containers in the trunk of the car with the trunk propped open at least 10 cm (four inches) for adequate ventilation.
  • Fuel should be stored safely. Keep it outdoors and out of the reach of children.
  • When you’re using a lawn mower or any gasoline-powered tool, always let it cool completely (about 10 minutes for a standard mower) before refilling the tank.
  • Gasoline should be used only as a fuel. Never use it as a cleaning solvent.
  • When you buy a propane-fuelled product, be sure to read the instructions to prevent accidents and ensure your safety.
  • Remember to maintain all fuel-fired equipment in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

For more information on how to handle fuels safely and other key safety information, visit the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) or www.safetyinfo.ca.

Learn more about the steps Ontario has taken to further improve propane safety.