Always remove the gas can from vehicle before filling it. In addition to
common sense 'what ifs' with respect to spills and fume buildup, there may
be an added risk of the buildup of static electricity:
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Also see the section: Explosion risk when filling a metal
(From: Joyce (email@example.com)
Please be careful about filling the gas can. I saw something on one
of those PBS How to do it shows (or was it in the newspaper?) that
said that people are filling their plastic gas cans with them still in
their trunks or hatchbacks. They said this is dangerous because the
can isn't grounded or something and a static electricity spark could
make the thing to explode.