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Be Careful At The Pump When Fueling Power Tools

No matter which tool you're powering up, be aware of more options at the gas stations - more ethanol is being pumped into the mix.
(CNN) - By now many have put away the lawn mower, moved on to the leaf blower and may soon tune up the snow blower.

No matter which tool you're powering up, be aware of more options at the gas stations - more ethanol is being pumped into the mix.

"The key to remember is the fuels marketplace is changing. We are no longer in a static situation," said Kris Kiser of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute. "So, pumps may look different, gas stations may look different; they may not be the same."

The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute is urging consumers to take a second look before fueling small machines that may not be designed for new blends.

"The problem is the hundreds of millions of engine units, engine products in use today are all designed built and warranted to run on fuel containing more than 10 percent of ethanol. And so that's the challenge," said Kiser.

Anything higher than the e-10 fuel safe for all cars and engines could cause home equipment to overheat, leading to damage and sometimes injury.

Among the common items in the shed that can be affected are leaf blowers, lawn mowers, tractors, trimmers, power washers and snow blowers.

If you are unsure about which fuel is safe for certain equipment, start by reading the owner's manual for details.
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