As gas shortage concerns rise, Bedford County Fire & Rescue provides guidelines for safe storage

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — As concerns about a potential shortage of gasoline continue to be at the forefront of many Virginian’s minds, Bedford County Fire & Rescue has released guidelines to remember when storing gasoline.

  • No more than 30 gallons of flammable liquid be stored in a residential setting, but flammable liquid within vehicle fuel tanks does not count towards the 30-gallon limit.
  • Gasoline must be stored in an approved fuel can or tank, usually five gallons or less. Be sure to leave some room in the container for some expansion.
  • Keep gasoline containers tightly sealed and handle them gently to avoid spills.
  • Store gasoline at room temperature, away from potential heat sources such as the sun, a hot water heater, a space heater, or a furnace.
  • Store gasoline in a detached shed or garage at least 50 feet away from an ignition source, including pilot lights. Gasoline vapors are heavier than air and can travel along the floor to ignition sources.
  • If you decide to store more than five gallons of flammable liquids at your home, you need at least one 2A10BC rated fire extinguisher, located no closer than 10 feet, and no further away than 50 feet.
  • Control of sources of ignition is mandatory!
    All transfer and dispensing of flammable liquids require careful attention be paid to eliminating static spark discharge and ignition of flammable vapors. Open flames and high-temperature devices must be controlled and approved for use with flammable liquids.
    Also, smoking is prohibited in the storage area where flammable liquids are being stored.

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