Survivalist Tip: If you have a home and a vehicle, you should have at least 1 gas can readily available, in the event you have to evacuate. There’s a likelihood power will be out when the axes shift, so gas stations may not be functioning completely. You can take a chance and try to suck some gasoline out of a fuel hose. But, not only is that uncouth, it’s a good way to catch germs and viruses, such as flu, Ebola and gingivitis. Gas cans are relatively inexpensive and can be purchased at any retail outlet. Here’s a basic checklist:
- Get one made of metal; it’s less likely to rupture should you have an accident or have to use it as a defense weapon.
- Make certain it’s self-ventilating, which means it has a feature in the spout that keeps out air as you pour the gasoline.
- Make certain the cap seals firmly once you fill it up with gasoline.
- Don’t fill the can up to the top. If it gets hot somehow, pressure can build up and cause it to explode.
- The gas can should be spill-proof and over-fill protected, which means it has a feature that prevents spilling when the can tips over.
- The can should be child-proof. If any kids in your group reach for the gas can, threaten either to take away their chocolate, or leave them on the side of the road for zombies to get them.
- If you have to travel somewhere with the gas can, secure it to the inside of the vehicle. Attaching it to the roof with duct tape doesn’t qualify as secure.
Gasoline is highly flammable and therefore, very dangerous. Responsible gas users know how to deal with the liquid, even under the worst of circumstances. Proper gasoline use will prove to the Mayan deities that you care about the environment. Amidst the chaos, the last thing you want is a reputation for spreading your gas all over the place!