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Safe Storage of Petrol

29th March 2012

Petrol is a dangerous substance which, when present, can dramatically increase the risk of fire.

NYFRS recommends members of the public keep any storage of petrol to a minimum.

NYFRS Spokesman, Peter Hudson said: "Public safety is our overriding concern. We would like to remind people to focus on their own safety at all times."

We would like to ensure that members of the public who are considering storing petrol on their properties are adhering to the following legal requirements.

  • Do not fill a container more than the capacity printed on the label
  • Do not store petrol inside domestic premises
  • Store petrol in a place that is not part of or attached to a building used as a dwelling
  • Petrol must be stored in approved plastic or metal containers of the sort that can typically be purchased from filling stations
  • Members of the public can store up to 30 litres of petrol in two, appropriate 10 litre metal containers and two, appropriate 5 litre plastic container
  • If storing fuel, ensure it is in the right containers and in limited amounts
  • Petrol is not only highly flammable but is extremely corrosive and if is not stored in suitable containers it could wear away the container, causing leaks 
  • If storing petrol in commercial premises ensure you are complying with the Fire Safety Order
  • Look at the risks involved and we would advise reviewing risk assessments if you are going to change the amounts of petrol you have stored
  • Ensure stocks of petrol are secure. Petrol is expensive and could be at risk of being stolen / used in arson attacks

 

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