Advice for using and storing petrol at home

What about domestic storage of petroleum?

You can legally store (without a licence) up to 20 litres of petrol in two 10 litre metal containers, or 10 litres in two, five-litre plastic containers. All containers must be designed for the purpose and they must be marked 'Petroleum spirit' and 'Highly flammable'.

Store any containers in a garage or shed away from any other buildings. Don't keep it in the house. Make sure the area is well ventilated and away from any naked flame or live electrical equipment.

Check containers regularly for leaks. If you smell petrol fumes, ventilate the area and make sure nobody smokes or turns electrical switches on or off. The slightest spark could cause an explosion.

How can I legally transport petroleum?

For domestic use - apart from what's in the fuel tank, you can only transport petrol in securely closed containers designed for the purpose and marked 'Petroleum spirit' and 'Highly flammable'. Make sure they are secured in the boot when being transported.

Filling your tank from a container should only be carried out in the open air.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Commercial Services

Tel: 01633 647263


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