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Advice on the Storage of Petrol


North Wales Fire and Rescue Service advises that storing petrol or other fuels at home presents a potential hazard and should be avoided due to the risks involved.

Petrol and other fuels give off vapour which is extremely flammable and must be treated with the utmost care.

The amount you are allowed to store is restricted by law to a maximum capacity of;

- 2 x 10 litres in an approved metal container, fitted with a screw cap, or
- 2 x 5 litres in a plastic container, which should comply with the Petroleum Spirit (Plastic Containers) Regulations 1982, again fitted with a screw cap or enclosure to prevent leakage of liquid and/or vapour.

Petrol filling stations do not allow drivers to dispense fuel into non-approved containers.

Gary Brandrick, Senior Operations Manager, said: "We would advise the public not to store petrol or other fuels at home but if there is a necessity to store fuel, for example for powered garden tools such as a lawnmower, then please follow these instructions :

- Fuel must not be stored inside a house, flat or other dwelling and must not be stored under stairs or near doors which could be a means of escape should a fire occur.
- Fuel must be stored in containers as detailed above and not exceeding the maximum amounts shown.
- Any storage place must be well away from living areas i.e. an outhouse, garage or shed and be well ventilated.
- The containers should be secured to protect against the possibility of vandalism or arson.
- Smoking or naked flames should be prohibited in the vicinity of the fuel containers and should be kept away from any means of ignition.
- Fuel should be decanted in the open air, not inside the storage area
- An appropriate pouring spout or funnel should be used.
- If clothing is splashed with fuel, it should be changed immediately.
- Ideally, there should be a fire extinguisher of foam or dry powder type near to the fuel store, in case of fire, and a bucket of dry sand to soak up spillage.

"It is an offence to store more than the legal limit of fuel, unless you have a licence issued by the Petroleum Licensing Authority. Petrol is a dangerous substance which, when present can dramatically increase the risk of fire."


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