This guide is designed to help you stay safe while staying prepared. Safely storing fuel can help you be prepared for natural disasters such as hurricanes. Remember that fuel is a highly hazardous material that should be stored with the highest of care. However, fuel is vital for transportation and can become crucial in case of an emergency or even a harsh winter. If for any reason you do not have access or time to reach a gas station, your personal reserve of fuel can prove vital. The advantages of storing fuel are many as long as you remember to do it safely and properly.
The first thing you need is a proper gas container. Storing gas in any receptacle that is not designed for that specific purpose can prove dangerous since fuel is highly flammable. You can purchase a wide variety of containers specifically designed for gas storage. Various companies offer a wide variety of containers for all price ranges. The most important thing to keep in mind is the size and material of the container. Some companies can ship fuel containers to your home, you can also obtain the traditional five gallon gas can at any convenience store. Acknowledge your vehicle may require about twenty five gallons for a full tank. Preferably store about four or five gas cans to be prepared or obtain a container that holds about two dozen gallons. Store a reasonable amount of gas for a full tank, this will prove crucial in case you need to drive for a considerable period of time to put yourself and your family out of harm’s way.
The second item you need to purchase is a gas additive. This solution will guarantee that your fuel stays pure and does not degrade after storage for a long period of time. You will need to purchase the same amount of gas additive as gas cans. Add about two ounces for every five gallons of fuel. Properly mixing in the gas additive with the fuel will ensure your fuel is good for up to twelve months. If you can get in the habit of changing your gas once a year you will ensure the best quality of gas for an emergency.
The last item that can prove rather helpful is a spout. Purchase a couple of spouts to be able to load fuel into your vehicle.
It is crucial to keep your stored fuel away from any heaters or direct sources of heat or sparks. If you have a plastic gas container you can release the oxygen that accumulates inside the container as well. Keep in mind that depending on the fuel container you choose, you might need to make adjustments. Metal containers for fuel do not need much care. However, plastic containers tend to accumulate air once they are filled with fuel, by releasing the air once in a while you can prevent leaks. Remember to change your gas every six to twelve months to ensure premium quality, above all things stay safe.