Where There's Gas, There Could Be Fire
Without a fuel gauge, it can be tough to know just how much gas is in your mower's tank.
Running out of gas has happened to just about all of us at one time or another (and always with only about
10 yards of lawn left to mow!). It's important to avoid the possibility of a fire when refueling your
Always fill your mower with fuel before you start it, taking care to avoid spilling any
fuel on the engine or exhaust. Fill your tank outside of your garage or shed and never smoke cigarettes
or cigars while refueling any power equipment. Wipe up any spilled gas before starting or re-starting your
If you run out of fuel in the middle of mowing, turn the mower off and allow the engine
to cool down before refueling (this is a perfect time for a soda break). Your
lawnmower's engine and exhaust can reach temperatures over 150° and even higher on hot summer days. If
you accidentally spilled gasoline on the hot engine or exhaust, there could be a fire, an explosion, or
Gasoline fumes are highly flammable and can be dangerous when inhaled so don't store
your lawnmower in a building where open flame or sparks are present and never store your mower in your
home or basement. A garage, shed, or even a lean-to are better choices for storage.
Be sure to read your Owners Manual regarding any specific instructions you need to be
aware of when refueling your lawnmower.
©1999 J. Ramsey
(Bob's Power Center offers these guidelines as a customer service and makes no warranty or guarantee
should you choose to attempt to service your lawnmower after reading these guidelines. Operating power
equipment can be dangerous and users must accept the risks associated with using such. General guidelines
as offered on this site cannot remove the possibility of injury.)