DO NOT fill plastic bags with gasoline

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has shared tweets urging people not to fill up plastic bags with fuel

People tend to hoard in emergency situations and over the last few days, following the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, motorists have been panic buying gasoline. The problem is some of them have been filling their tanks and jerrycans with fuel, which is fine, and paper bags, which is not.

It's become a problem and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has decided to intervene, urging people not to fill plastic bags with gasoline and sharing a series of tweets to explain why.

There are a few reasons why filling a plastic bag with gasoline and leaving it in the trunk of your car is dangerous, chief among which is the fact that most grocery bags are made from polyethylene, which is flammable and can lead to explosions if grocery bags ground static buildup.

The pipeline carries 2.5m barrels a day, equivalent to around 45% of East Coast's supply of diesel, gas and jet fuel. Colonial says the pipeline is now operational.

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Comments (86)

  • Ugh. That’s it I’m moving to England.

    To have to explain this to grown ass people is embarrassing. 😒😂

      1 month ago
  • I mean, what? This has been happening for years, the most stupid of signs are needed to stop the most stupid of people doing the most stupid of things!

    I am a great believer in natural selection, if you keep protecting stupid they will keep breeding stupid 🤣

      1 month ago
  • I'll said it once and say it again: Thank goodness I don't live in the US.

      1 month ago
  • Why do people need to be told that it's a bad idea!?

      1 month ago
  • This is like vaping, smoking and doing drugs, if you’re that stupid, let them do it. We’ll call it purifying the gene pool.

      1 month ago