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What type of stores sell 5-gallon gas cans?

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People can purchase 5-gallon gas cans at hardware or home improvement stores, such as Lowe's and The Home Depot. Five-gallon gas cans are also available at Walmart and Target stores.

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Walmart.com, Lowes.com and other websites have several brands and price ranges for 5-gallon gas cans available for purchase. Most models have a red plastic construction, though a few metal cans are available. Several models feature no-spill designs for the spouts.

As of October 2015, Lowe's gas cans range in price from $19.98 for a plastic can to $39.98 for a metal can. Walmart offers separate or replacement gas can spouts for purchase. Target.com has one variety of gas can available, as of October 2015, and it's priced at $13.49. New gas cans are red, and these stores offer yellow cans for diesel fuel and blue cans for kerosene.

All new gas containers meet Department of Transportation and Occupational Safety and Health Administration safety standards, which typically entails having a spring-closing lid and spout cover or a screw-on cap. The cans with screw-on lids are DOT-approved and sometimes called "jerry cans." While they don't meet the spring-closing lid standard of other cans per OSHA standards, OSHA allows jerry cans as well.

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