Gas Storing Tips

It’s not rocket science that fuel can be dangerous if not handled properly. FYI, handling rocket fuel is an entirely different kind of danger, so please leave that to the astronauts.

  • Fire codes and regulations restrict the amount of gasoline an individual homeowner can store (usually no more than 30 gallons). Check with your local and state authorities for official standards.
  • Be sure to use a proper container. Look for safety cans approved by Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Factory Mutual (FM).
  • Store the container(s) in a well-ventilated area away from sunlight. This will help prevent the fuel from evaporating.
  • Do not store it near a furnace, water heater, washer/dryer or any other machinery that could ignite fumes.
  • Gasoline cannot be stored in your house or in the basement. So be sure to find an outdoor shed for storage or, if you are storing 10 gallons or less, a safe place in the garage will work.
  • Lock gasoline and other dangerous materials up to keep children out of harm’s way.
  • Remember to use the gas in the same season as you purchased it. Don’t put summer gas in the snow blower you hope to use in the winter.
  • If you spill any gas it should be absorbed with sawdust, paper or rags. Find out where in your community you can dispose of hazardous waste.

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