Safe fuel storage

  • Check that your home insurer allows the storage of flammable liquids like petrol
  • Don’t store more fuel than you need for your immediate purposes
  • Do not store fuel in houses or household garages
  • Choose a cool place away from ignition sources
  • Do not store fuel for long periods.  Most fuels have a shelf life of around 3 months under ideal conditions. High temperatures etc. will reduce its shelf  life 
  • Only use approved fuel containers.  Do not use plastic oil containers as they are susceptible to static build up and fire

Static electricity 

  • Static discharge can ignite fuel vapours. Certain types of containers are unsuitable for fuel storage due to their susceptibility to static build up
  • Metal containers are safe, as are plastic containers specifically designed for fuel storage. Other types of plastic container must never be used with fuel 
  • Static electricity is more common in dry weather as moisture in the air assists in dissipating the charge

Safe fuel transport

  • Carry fuel containers in well ventilated compartments 
  • Do not carry larger quantities than absolutely necessary
  • Secure containers so they can’t move around
  • Carrying fuel inside a car or caravan may be dangerous in the event of a crash or leak. 
  • Do not carry fuel on a roof rack unless the containers can be adequately restrained 
  • Do not carry fuel on draw bars or the rear of caravans as the extra weight can overload and destabilise the trailer 

Safe fuel handling

  • Keep fuel and containers away from ignition sources
  • Never fill a container in the back of a car or trailer. Always place it on the ground to discharge any static electricity. 
  • Once it’s on the ground, touch the container with your bare hands to discharge any static charge that has built up in your body. 
  • Make sure the fuel pump nozzle contacts the container while filling. Fuel pump nozzles have a built-in ground connection to dissipate any static charges that may accumulate during refuelling. 
  • Do not fill hot equipment (mowers etc.) as the risk of fire is much greater
  • Comply with service station site rules when filling up or filling containers.  These will typically require engines to be stopped, motorcyclists to dismount, phones switched off and any form of fire / ignition source extinguished

Personal safety

  • Avoid contact with fuel 
  • Do not ingest fuel or breathe fuel vapours