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Motorists warned about the dangers of storing fuel at home

Motorists warned about the dangers of storing fuel at home

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Though not illegal, experts have warned about the dangers of improperly storing fuel at home.

Motorists have been warned about the dangers of storing fuel at home. With many drivers seeking out petrol and diesel in order to combat the fuel crisis, some may decide to fill up cans in order to store more fuel at home. 


Though not illegal, experts have warned about the dangers of improperly storing fuel at home, while also asking drivers not to stockpile as it makes it harder for other motorists to fill up. 


The RAC has put together a guide for those considering storing fuel at home. It has said that it’s legal to store up to 30 litres of petrol at your residence without a licence being required, while there is no specific limit on the amount of diesel which can be stored. 


Fuel can only be kept in a correct container with a tight-fitting lid. The limits are 10 litres in a plastic container, 20 litres in a metal ‘jerry’ can and 30 litres in a demountable fuel tank such as that found on a boat. Fuel should also be stored in a secure location such as a shed or garage and far away from a source of ignition. It should also be kept in a cool area, never outside or in the home or near to children or pets. 


Diesel isn’t flammable like petrol but it can still be dangerous, so it’s worth following the same guidelines as those for petrol. If stored in a sealed container at 20 degrees, petrol will last around six months, or half that if it’s stored at 30 degrees. The warmer the temperature, the quicker the fuel will go ‘off’.