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Garden Talk: April 7, 2014 – Look Before You Pump

April 14, 2014

Spring is arriving (however belatedly in some parts of the country this year!) and it’s time for gardeners to get their tools and equipment ready for the season ahead. As you get mowers, trimmers, blowers, chain saws, and similar small engine equipment fueled up, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) reminds you to Look Before You Pump. This caution comes because at some gas stations, consumers can dispense fuel with higher than 10 percent ethanol. If this higher-ethanol fuel is put into any outdoor or garden power equipment or other non-road product, such as boats, snowmobiles, and motorcycles (with the exception of “flex-fuel” engine products), they will be damaged or destroyed. Known by its emblematic prominent, red warning hand symbol indicating ‘OK’ for 10 percent ethanol and ‘No’ for mid-level ethanol blends (such as E15, E30, E85), the Look Before You Pump campaign is spreading nationwide as ethanol blended fuels containing more than 10 percent ethanol are made available in the marketplace for “flex-fuel” automobiles.  Read more from the article here.