Fuel storage advice for portable generators

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Fuel storage advice for portable generators

Use a portable generator powered by petrol and you need to store this fuel somehow. Great care should be taken when storing gasoline.  This is a highly flammable liquid that can be dangerous. The vapour alone can trigger a fire.

Use sensible precautions though and you will avoid the risk of fire or possible explosions. This is what we suggest at Triace.

Get to know the regulations

New rules came into force on the 1st October 2014 relating to the safe storage of fuel. They apply to workplaces that store petrol where fuel is dispensed, for example petrol filling stations, and non-workplace premises that store petrol, such as private homes.

Regulations to take notice of are:

The Petroleum (Consolidation) Regulations 2014 (enforced by Petroleum Enforcement Authorities)


Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations 2002 (Covers safe storage and use of fuels in workplaces)

How much fuel can you store?

Currently the legal amount of fuel you can store at home without having to inform the Petroleum Enforcement Agency (PEA) amounts to 30 litres. This can be stored in a choice of plastic 10 litre containers or 20 litre metal versions. You can also use a demountable fuel tank with a 30 litre capacity.   This amount can be increased if you inform the local PEA up to a maximum of 275 litres using a combination of storage containers.

Safe fuel storage

Fuel should never be kept inside a domestic dwelling. This is a given. Store it in a dedicated place away from the main building. Other safe fuel storage suggestions include:

  • Leaving fuel in a well-ventilated area
  • Keeping away from all naked flames and sources of ignition
  • Using the appropriate storage containers
  • Making sure the storage area is secure
  • Topping up tanks outside in the fresh air

Above everything else use common sense when storing fuel. It’s safe as long as you use caution and treat it with respect. Keep a supply handy and you can top up portable generators supplied by Triace whenever you like!


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