Legal Resources | Health and Safety Code | HS 13139
Safety Cans; Portable Gasoline Containers
(a) On or before January 1, 2008, the State Fire Marshal shall approve and list portable gasoline containers that are designed and constructed according to one of the following child-resistant standards:
(1) Construction and design standards that are substantially the same as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2517-05 standard, issued by ASTM International, or any successor standard issued by ASTM International.
(2) Construction and design standards approved by a national testing laboratory recognized by the State Fire Marshal.
(b) No person shall sell, offer for sale, or possess for sale, on or after April 1, 2008, a portable gasoline container that has not been listed and approved by the State Fire Marshal.
(c) For purposes of this section, "portable gasoline container" means any container or vessel with a nominal capacity of 10 gallons or less that is intended for reuse and is designed, used, sold, advertised, or offered for sale primarily for receiving, transporting, storing, or dispensing gasoline. "Portable gasoline container" does not include either of the following:
(1) A container or vessel permanently embossed or permanently labeled as described in Section 172.407(a) of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as it existed on September 15, 2005, indicating containers or vessels that are solely intended for use with nonfuel or nonkerosene products.
(2) A safety can meeting the requirements of Subpart F (commencing with Section 1926.150) of Part 1926 of Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations, as it existed on January 1, 2008. This exception shall not apply to any safety can manufactured after October 31, 2008, unless the can contains a label or silkscreen of the words "NOT CHILDPROOF" in a conspicuous and prominent place against a contrasting background, and the type shall be clear and legible. On safety cans larger than one quart, the font size of the label wording shall be printed in at least 12-point type. On safety cans one-quart and smaller, the font size of the label wording shall be printed in at least 8-point type. All labels shall be printed in both English and Spanish.
(d) Retailers are permitted to sell through existing supplies of portable gasoline containers that have not been listed and approved for sale by the State Fire Marshal.
(e) This section shall cease to be applicable if federal fire safety standards for portable gasoline containers that preempt this section are enacted and take effect subsequent to the effective date of this statute and the State Fire Marshal so notifies the Secretary of State.
(Amended by Stats. 2008, Ch. 5, Sec. 1.)