The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) has long been concerned about the potential for misfueling by consumers at the pump – and the findings of a recent survey by the organization show this concern is well-founded.

A recently-released report shows the results of an OPEI-commissioned survey about gasoline pump labels. The poll results show that consumers continue to choose gasoline on price, and do not pay much attention to pump warning labels. “Less than one quarter (23 percent) state that they notice the ethanol content on the fuel pump. Less than half (47 percent) of Americans admit they check the fuel pump for any warning labels when fueling up their cars at gas stations,” a statement from the organization said. 

Small engines are not compatible with ethanol blends higher than 10 percent in gasoline. “Fuels containing greater than ten percent ethanol can damage or destroy outdoor power equipment, including lawn mowers, chain saws, generators, utility vehicles and other small engine equipment such as motorcycle, snow mobile and boat engines, according to most engine manufacturers,” OPEI added. 

OPEI hopes that EPA will do more to improve consumer awareness at gasoline filling stations.

Tim Hogan

Posted by Tim Hogan

Tim Hogan is the Director of Motor Fuels for AFPM. To learn more about AFPM, visit