Fuel storage safety container

Tips on Storing Fuel Safely at Home

  • All fuel should be treated as if it were very volatile.

  • Store fuel in an isolated area that is downhill and down wind from other buildings.

  • Liquefied petroleum (LP) gas tanks should be left out in the open (no enclosure).

  • Liquid fuel tanks should be stored in a well-ventilated building.

  • A fire extinguisher should always be near the stored fuel area.

  • Electrical fixtures should be sealed from the fuel vapors.

  • Always shut down the machine before fueling it.

  • Clean up any fuel spills.

  • Only use the approved fuel types for your appliances and storage containers.

  • If you are going to store gasoline, it needs to be treated with a butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) additive like Sta-Bil and shielded from moisture.

  • For #2 diesel, you need to add 10% gasoline or 20% kerosene in order to prevent “fuel freezing”—the precipitation of the paraffin at low temperatures.

  • Ethanol should be stored in a sealed container to prevent moisture contamination.

  • A general rule of thumb is to monitor your fuel usage for 90 days and keep a supply large enough to last you this period of time.

  • Kerosene burning appliances are safer than LP gas appliances.

  • If you are storing diesel fuel, it needs to be treated with a biocide such as methanol or diesel Sta-Bil right after delivery. It should also be filtered before use.

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