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 vehicleâ€™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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