Store gasoline in approved containers and well away from ignition sources and where children can't reach it. Add a fuel stabilizer as well.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:September 2007
Approved containers have a label that says that the container meets certain specifications.
The label includes a warning as well as a container approval for gasoline use.
If you have to store gasoline for an emergency generator, your lawn mower or for other purposes, it's important to follow simple safety rules. Fire codes typically restrict
gas storage to no more
than 25 gallons. Store the gas in
containers of 5 gallons or less
that have been approved for
gasoline. Approved containers
will include a label or wording
directly on the container that
says it meets specifications for
portable containers for petroleum
products (see close-up photo). Never
store gas in unapproved or glass
containers. Fill the containers no
more than 95 percent full to
allow for expansion. And keep
the cap tight on the container.
Store the container:
When you buy gasoline to
store for your generator, always
add a fuel stabilizer right away.
Stabilizers contain antioxidants
and biocides to prevent compounds
and microbial growth
from forming on the gas.
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