Trade Your Old Gas Can in at Our Gas Can Exchange Event

posted 5/24/2017

Keep Your Children Safe: Use and Store Gasoline Properly

Gasoline, along with other hazardous household materials, must be kept out of the reach of curious children. Because gasoline is used outside and often kept in out-of-the-way places, parents may not consider safe gasoline storage one of the standard child-proofing measures. Sadly, thousands of children nationwide are injured or killed each year in gasoline fueled fires. Children can also accidently ingest gasoline if stored improperly, which can lead to serious injury or death.

Safer for the Environment, Too

Gasoline fumes are not only flammable, they also are toxic. By using a safety gas container with a flame arrestor, the environment also benefits because toxic gases are not released from the can into the air.

Exchange Your Old Gas Can for a New Safety Can

For the fourth year, Metro Waste Authority is proud to sponsor the Legacy of Christopher Allsup Gas Can Exchange along with Blank Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Greater Des Moines. People in attendance can exchange an old gasoline storage container for a new metal safety can equipped with a flame arrestor.

Gas Can Exchange Highlights:

  • Saturday, June 3 from 8 to 10 a.m.
    Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off
    1105 Prairie Drive SW
    Bondurant, IA
  • Equal exchange of one gas storage can (any size) for one new Eagle Manufacturing 1-gallon safety gas can with flame arrestor
  • One exchange per vehicle
  • Old gas cans will be accepted empty or full (gas cannot be transferred)
  • New gas can quantities are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Participants must sign a liability waiver

About Christopher

On September 21, 2013, 10-year-old Christopher Allsup suffered burns on over 90 percent of his body when a plastic gas container exploded, showered him with gasoline and then ignited. Christopher died from his injuries five hours later.

Legacy of Christopher Allsup Gas Can Exchange Program

The Legacy of Christopher Allsup Gas Can Exchange Event was established in 2014 to educate the public on the potential dangers of portable gasoline containers. Highly flammable vapors can easily escape and a single spark can trigger a massive explosion. This type of explosion can be prevented by using a gas container equipped with a flame arrestor.  Also, parents need to store gas containers safely in a locked location so children cannot gain access. View more gas can safety tips.

For more information about safe, smart disposal and recycling options, visit or call 515.244.0021.