Firefighters remind public to use caution when handling and storing fuel

Firefighters from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging the public to stay safe when handling and storing fuel – following a national increase in prices.

Motorists across the region may be altering their fuel consumption patterns in an attempt to keep monthly costs at an affordable rate – potentially leading to an increase in the quantity of fuel being stored.

This poses significant risks to members of the public who may not be aware of the fire hazards associated with storing large amounts of fuel in places such as kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and under staircases in living accommodation.

Mark Walchester, Head of Prevent and Protect, said: “Petrol and other highly flammable materials are a significant fire hazard when stored.

“They can emit highly-flammable vapours which are invisible and often difficult to detect.

“They must be stored in a well-ventilated area with access to open air. Only up to 30 litres can be stored without the purchaser informing the Petroleum Enforcement Authority.

“Motorists should also take care when using fuel pumps.”

To read more on how to safely handle and store fuel, visit: Storing petrol safely: Fire and explosion (

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