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Storage of Petrol for Private Use 


Advice issued by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) recommends that members of the public keep any storage of petrol to a minimum.

The Fire and Rescue Service urges any members of the general public who are considering storing petrol on their properties to adhere to the following advice.

Petrol is an extremely flammable liquid, with vapours which will ignite with a naked flame, a spark from an electrical source or, even from a spark caused by ‘static’ such as can occur when removing clothing made out of certain fabrics:

  • Never store petrol inside your home;
  • If you must store petrol, do so in a place that is not part of or attached to a building used as a dwelling;
  • Do not fill a container more than the capacity printed on the label;
  • Petrol must be stored in approved plastic or metal containers of the sort that can typically be purchased from filling stations;
  • Members of the public can store up to 30 litres of petrol in two, appropriate 10 litre metal containers and two, appropriate 5 litre plastic containers.

Even with these guidelines, the best advice is do not stock-pile fuel of any description - the risks are just not worth it.

Further information on some of the legal aspects of petrol storage can be found in Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service Fire Safety Guidance Notes 39 and 40:

Fire Safety Guidance Note 39 - The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 and the Storage of Petroleum in Domestic or Other Relevant Premises (.PDF)

Fire Safety Guidance Note 40 - Dangerous Substances and Explosives Atmospheres Regulations 2002.  Storage of Petroleum Spirit and other Highly Flammable Liquids in Cans, Drums and other Containers (.PDF)