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Old 03-27-2012, 10:53 AM   #1
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Gas/Jerry can topic

This has been blown up on other sites and I cannot find anything on WF. I recently purchased two red Jerry cans from harbor freight (I know I know). I thought it would be great to paint them with black truck bed liner paint to go with my white/black jeep theme(got it from Home Depot, great stuff) and got to thinking about this sh#% state I live in (as far as regulations and taxes go). Is there a requirement for gas cans to be red? I have searched and searched without any results.

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Old 03-27-2012, 11:13 AM   #2
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This has been blown up on other sites and I cannot find anything on WF. I recently purchased two red Jerry cans from harbor freight (I know I know). I thought it would be great to paint them with black truck bed liner paint to go with my white/black jeep theme(got it from Home Depot, great stuff) and got to thinking about this sh#% state I live in (as far as regulations and taxes go). Is there a requirement for gas cans to be red? I have searched and searched without any results.
Can't say that I've ever seen a State code stating a can must be red for gas or yellow for diesel, but it's good to know what is in the can. I'd be willing to bet it will vary by state.
 
You could always bedline the can, but leave a red band around it.
 
That being said, I have two OD green Army issue plastic cans one water, one gas I was going to use on my jeep someday, I have no intention of painting the gas one red.

edit: Found one Iowa has a code (214 A15) that says gas cans must be red.

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214A.15 GASOLINE RECEPTACLES.
A person shall not place gasoline or any other petroleum product
for public use having a flash point below 100 degrees F. into any
can, cask, barrel or other similar receptacle having a capacity in
excess of one pint unless the same is painted bright red and is
plainly marked with the word "gasoline" or with the warning
"flammable -- keep fire away" in contrasting letters of a height
equal to at least one-tenth of the smallest dimension of such
container. Gasoline or other petroleum products having a flash point
below 100 degrees F. shall not be placed in bottles and plastic
containers except those bottles and plastic containers which are
approved by the state fire marshal and which are conspicuously posted
with such approval. This section shall not apply to vehicle cargo or
supply tanks nor to underground storage nor to storage tanks from
which such liquids are withdrawn for manufacturing or agricultural
purposes, or are loaded into vehicle cargo tanks, but all outlet
faucets or valves from such excepted containers shall be suitably
tagged to indicate the nature of the product to be withdrawn from
such containers.

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Old 03-27-2012, 11:24 AM   #3
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Here in va I think red is gas and yellow diesel or kerosene
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I thought kerosene was supposed to be blue. The colors are standard, which I think is a OSHA thing.
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It probably is I don't use it so I couldn't be sure
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This has been blown up on other sites and I cannot find anything on WF. I recently purchased two red Jerry cans from harbor freight (I know I know). I thought it would be great to paint them with black truck bed liner paint to go with my white/black jeep theme(got it from Home Depot, great stuff) and got to thinking about this sh#% state I live in (as far as regulations and taxes go). Is there a requirement for gas cans to be red? I have searched and searched without any results.

Only States I see with Regs just from a quick search is California and VA I think the rest of the states it's just commonly used to prevent accidently pouring the wrong fuel into the container and mixing them or worse still accidently mixing with water.

Here is a quote from the CA reg

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2.2 Color
Portable fuel containers shall be color coded for specific fuels:
a) Gasoline – red;
b) Diesel – yellow; and
c) Kerosene – blue.
Each portable fuel container must have identification markings on the
container and on the spill-proof spout.
a) Red containers shall be permanently identified with the embossed
language, or permanent durable label “GASOLINE” in minimum 34-point
Arial font or a font of equivalent proportions.
b) Yellow containers shall be permanently identified with the embossed
language, or permanent durable label “DIESEL” in minimum 34-point
Arial font or a font of equivalent proportions.
c) Blue containers shall be permanently identified with the embossed
language, or permanent durable label “KEROSENE” in minimum 34-point
Arial font or a font of equivalent proportions

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