Grampian Fire and Rescue Service offers a timely reminder of the dangers of storing fuel at home.
Station Manager Mike Cordiner, Community Engagement Manager for Grampian Fire and Rescue Service said: “I’m sure that everybody’s seen the long queues for fuel in the last couple of days, and the difficulties that a fuel strike would cause individuals and business are understood. However, the best advice from Grampian Fire and Rescue Service is not to store large amounts of fuel in garages because of the greatly increased risks to occupiers and firefighters.
“Safety is our focus and it should be everybody’s concern by not putting themselves, their families, neighbours and properties at risk.”
The legal requirements for storing fuel are:
Not to store fuel inside domestic premises
Not to fill a container more than the capacity printed on the label
Store fuel in a place that is not attached to or part of a building used as a dwelling
Store fuel in approved plastic or metal containers, typically of the sort than can be bought at petrol stations.
A maximum of 30 litres of fuel can be stored in two appropriate 10 litre metal containers and two appropriate 5 litre containers.
Petrol and diesel are very inflammable and dramatically increase the risk of fire, and greatly increase the damage from fire if it happens.
Grampian Fire and Rescue Service recommends keeping any fuel storage to a minimum.