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People store gasoline in the winter for many reasons, one of the most common being to use it with a snowblower or generator.
However, storing gas at home isn't as simple as it sounds. Gasoline is a highly flammable substance and needs to be handled with extreme care. If you're planning on storing gas over the winter, here's what you should know, with a little help from Jerry.
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How to store gasoline safely
You should never store more gas than you plan to use. Think about what you will be doing with it, and then calculate the right amount.
Ideally, gasoline should be used within 30 days. If it's not, the gas can expire. The turnaround time is minimal.
If you've had your gasoline stored for a very long time, you will have to add a fuel stabilizer to it before use. The amount that you will need will depend on the amount of gasoline you have and the product's instructions.
You will also need some appropriate containers. Gasoline can be erosive. If stored in inappropriate containers, it can burn through some materials, so it is never a good idea to use just any empty container you may have lying around at home.
A good option would be to get some thick polypropylene plastic or heavy steel containers; these are strong materials that can hold gasoline for extended periods of time without a problem.
If you're unsure about which containers are gasoline-approved, worry not, this is usually indicated on the packaging, and you can also ask a store clerk for help.
Where to store gasoline
If you happen to keep both kerosene and gasoline in your house, make sure to keep them in separate and distinctive containers, as cross-contamination can be dangerous.
More often than not, red containers are used for gasoline and blue containers for kerosene. However, this is not a strict rule. Just make sure to able to remember which is which.
It's also crucial that you keep these substances away from any type of appliance that can release heat or even gases while at work. Therefore, never store gasoline inside your house. Instead, try to keep a distance by storing fuel in garages or sheds.
Safety tips for storing gasoline in the winter
Don't store gas in your car
Transporting gasoline in your vehicle is never a good idea. The heat can cause the liquid to release some gas and either expand the container or make it burst.
So, if you're planning on making a trip any time soon, take your gas-safe container with you, and fill it once at your destination—not before.
Keep it out of kids reach
If you happen to have kids roaming around the house, always make sure to keep flammable liquids in areas that they don't frequent or won't be able to reach. The last thing you want is to have kids spilling gasoline all over your house, or even worse, spilling it all over themselves.
Keep it out of the sunlight
Heat is never good news when it comes to flammable liquids, so make sure to store your gasoline in a cool, dry place away from the sun's rays.
Avoid half-filled containers
Strangely enough, liquid gasoline in itself doesn't burn. It's the gases that are released that are dangerous, and when you have a half-filled container, these can accumulate at the top.
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