If you are planning to store your gasoline for the season, there are a few precautions to take.
Remember: gas can be toxic and explosive. There are always risks of leakage and fires–if not handled properly The same goes for storage rules. If ignited, that gas can cause harmful vapors, fires, and other costly disasters.
Because gasoline can degrade over time, you want to avoid any problems from the start. Here is how to store it properly, and what to be aware of:
1. Use an approved tank
When filling up the can or tank, allow room for expansion. The main reason for this danger is that gasoline will expand at the rate of 1 percent, every 15 degrees of temperature increase. With little room for expansion, a can or tank that has been overfilled may burst.
Ensure that the gas container is tightly sealed, and never store it near other heat sources. This includes outdoors where it can get direct sunlight, near a furnace, hot water heaters, or other gas heaters.
2. Keep in mind local regulations regarding fuel storage
If you fail to store your gasoline properly, you put yourself and your neighbors at risk. When expanded, the gas tank may burst, causing serious repercussions. To avoid injury, use common sense and always follow local regulations for storage.
3. Use labeled, classified containers
If you tend to store a lot of things and chemicals in your garage, it’s better to label your gasoline tanks. Especially if they will be put away for months on end. This helps you identify each one and their contents at a later date.
4. Store gasoline away from electrical equipment
The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health warns about the risk of gas ignitions, resulting from a buildup of static electricity. Ensure that your tank or container is grounded, and when filling, keep contact with the nozzle.
5. Use a fuel stabilizer
By adding a good fuel stabilizer to the gas, you avoid clogging. The chemical composition of your gas will eventually change, and may result in deposits which eventually clog your pipes, lines, and filters. It costs a lot to have those filters cleaned.
How to Use Fuel Stabilizer
A good product like STA-BIL Fuel Stabilizer helps protect and clean. However, be sure to mix it in with the gasoline prior to storage. This will prevent oxidation and eliminate expensive repair work.
When mixed before storage, the fuel stabilizer acts as a conditioner. It slows down the oxidation process and guarantees gas fresh for up to 12 or even 15 months.
That is certainly a long time to store your car, but it helps to have the secure knowledge that your vehicle is going to run well and smoothly down the road.
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