How to store gasoline safely
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Approved containers have a label that says that the container meets certain specifications.
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Close-up of label
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:
- At least 50 ft. away from pilot
lights and ignition sources
such as the heat, sparks and
flames from a water heater,
space heater or furnace.
- On the floor in a place where
children can't reach it.
- In a garage or shed rather than in
the house, out of direct sunlight.
- On concrete, place a piece of
plywood under 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.