Storage – three words of advice: DON’T! DON’T! DON’T! There is a huge amount of energy waiting to be released explosively if ignited accidentally. If you’re tempted to store in your garage, it could be attached or close to your house, the consequences could be disastrous for your family and the firefighters called to tackle the blaze.
Petrol gives off a flammable vapour, which when mixed with air as little as 1% of vapour in air can create a flammable atmosphere, easily ignited into a fireball.
If you are compelled to store petrol adhere to the following advice:
a. Only use approved containers – and only in small quantities.
b.Follow petrol station advice on filling petrol containers – the notices are displayed on site – some service stations prohibit their use. Petrol filling stations operate under license conditions, which do not allow drivers to dispense fuel into other types of container.
c. Ensure the lid/stopper is properly secured and leak proof. Incredibly I have just seen in passing a female driver having illegally (see 3 below) filled up a large red container at a service station, struggle to get it into the boot of her car and then spill most of it! It only needed a spark for the first casualty of the crises – don’t become a statistic.