‘Storing extra petrol at home could kill’ says fire chief

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LIVES could be put at risk if drivers store extra petrol at home, the fire service has warned,

Herts Fire and Rescue Service is warning drivers of the dangers of storing extra petrol at home or in garages as fears of a fuel strike lead motorists to stock up.

Chief fire officer Roy Wilsher said: “I don’t think people realise the explosive risks involved in storing fuel, even if it is done legally and sensibly.

“We would strongly advise Hertfordshire residents not to stock up on petrol.

“Given the small amount that is legal to store it’s hardly worth the enormous risk to lives and property.”

The law allows for the storage of up to 20 litres of petrol in two ten-litre metal containers, or ten litres in two five-litre plastic containers. Any containers must be designed specifically for the purpose and be marked petroleum and highly flammable.