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Proper Storage of Petrol at Home

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Fuel Queues are back!! How can I store fuel safely?

  • NEVER, EVER store fuel inside your home!
  • Do not store in a plastic container. Store fuel in approved, lockable metal containers in a well-ventilated shed/secure garage
  • Make sure container is sealed securely and not leaking. Fuel expands and vapour can build up in hot weather, so avoid filling to the brim.
  • Keep away from ignition sources (candles, matches, lighted cigarettes and electrical equipment, etc.). It may cause an explosion!!
  • NEVER smoke near stored fuel, particularly when filling containers or vehicles.
  • Empty containers must be sealed and kept in a well-ventilated place, as they may contain petrol vapour which is flammable.
  • Do not over-fill your vehicle’s fuel tank, as spillages or leaks pose a number of hazards.
  • Secure containers during transit to prevent them falling over and leaking.
  • Spillages on the road surface, particularly of diesel, create slippery conditions that are   a major hazard to all road users.
  • Petrol vapour can cause irritation of eyes, nose and throat. Exposure to high concentrations particularly in confined spaces, can cause dizziness, unconsciousness.
  • Do not siphon fuel with your mouth under any circumstances. It can be fatal if it enters the lungs or stomach.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher, of an appropriate type, nearby.

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