Regardless of whether you need gasoline for your car or truck, diesel to power your generator or even propane to cook with, the fact is, if you are prepping for the unexpected you need to keep a supply of fuel on hand. Storing fuel is an important part of your survival plan. Storing your supply safely and in a way that maintains the quality of the fuel is equally as important. It is important to note that storing any type of fuel can be dangerous and if stored improperly looses stability over time rendering it useless.
Here are three fuel storage tips.
Fuel Storage Tip 1
Due to the dangers associated with fuel such as fire, combustibility and toxic fumes, never store fuel in your home or garage attached to your home. Instead, store your gas in a well-ventilated building a safe distance from your living area. Ideally, your storage area will also be out of direct sunlight. In addition, if the storage area has any power source, double check wiring to avoid dangers of unwanted sparks. Also, make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your storage area.
Fuel Storage Tip 2
Store fuel reserves only in proper containers specifically designed and rated for long-term storage of specific types of fuels. All containers should be airtight, watertight, light resistant and made of the proper materials, which do not corrode or deteriorate when filled with fuel.
Fuel Storage Tip 3
Clearly identify the contents of each container. For example, store diesel in yellow containers, gas in red ones and kerosene in blue containers. Place a label on each container easily identifying the contents and the date it was stored.
Determine the frequency at which you will be using your fuel supply. If your stash sits for any length of time, you may want to consider adding a stabilizer additive to your fuel supply. There are many on the market for a variety of different fuel types. In closing, it is important to realize fuel, like many other items, should be monitored and rotated to achieve optional use.
How do you store your fuel and gas? Share your tips and suggestions in the comment section.