The Dundalk Eagle

Tips for fu­el­ing up for the out­door fall chores

- By COUR­TESY OF STATEPOINT Lifehacks

Along with the fall sea­son comes a range of out­door chores for home­own­ers na­tion­wide, from clear­ing trees and branches after wicked weather strikes to gath­er­ing au­tumn leaves.

Here are a few things to con­sider as you go about fu­el­ing your chain­saws, leaf blow­ers and other lawn care equip­ment:

Proper Fuel Stor­age

If you have messy or bulky fuel con­tain­ers, it’s time for an up­date. Proper fuel stor­age can make the task of fu­el­ing equip­ment safer, cleaner and ul­ti­mately more ef­fi­cient and af­ford­able. For starters, be sure to pur­chase only fuel con­tain­ers ap­proved by fed­eral or state au­thor­i­ties that have a flame mit­i­ga­tion de­vice (FMD) and a child safety fea­ture.

Then, con­sider ease of use. The best con­tain­ers not only ex­ceed rec­og­nized safety stan­dards, they help you avoid messy, costly spills. To that end, look for a user-con­trolled flow valve, such as those fea­tured on Scepter SmartCon­trol con­tain­ers.

Avail­able in 1-, 2- and 5-gal­lon sizes for gaso­line, diesel and kerosene, th­ese rugged stor­age con­tain­ers which are made of five lay­ers of safe high-den­sity poly­eth­yl­ene for long­time use, fea­ture an in­no­va­tive, has­sle-free spout con­trolled and op­er­ated by squeez­ing. And, because they are stored with the spout on, hands stay clean. For us­age and safety tips, check out the videos and re­sources avail­able at www.scepter.com.

Proper Fuel

While you’re up­dat­ing your fuel con­tain­ers, be sure to re­stock your fuel too. Keep in mind that fuel sit­ting un­used for many months should be safely dis­carded, as gas com­po­nents can de­te­ri­o­rate over time. Chang­ing gaso­line out with the sea­sons keeps it fresh.

Hav­ing plenty of fuel on hand is not only a key el­e­ment to pow­er­ing through yard work and chores, but an im­por­tant part of ex­treme weather pre­pared­ness. Dur­ing power out­ages and in the af­ter­math of storms, you’ll be able to fuel gen­er­a­tors, chain­saws and other gaspow­ered equip­ment with­out wor­ry­ing about your sup­ply. So don’t wait un­til a storm is in the fore­cast to stock up on this essen­tial.

 ?? PHOTO COUR­TESY OF STATEPOINT MEDIA ?? Proper fuel stor­age can make the task of fu­el­ing equip­ment safer, cleaner and ul­ti­mately more ef­fi­cient and af­ford­able.
PHOTO COUR­TESY OF STATEPOINT MEDIA Proper fuel stor­age can make the task of fu­el­ing equip­ment safer, cleaner and ul­ti­mately more ef­fi­cient and af­ford­able.

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