Having a generator around for emergencies definitely offers peace of mind. Snow storms in the winter and thunderstorms in the summer create a year-round need for many people, especially us New Jerseyans. As you probably know, your generator will only work if you have fuel to run it.
While fuel storage isn’t complicated, it requires more planning and thought than the emergency gallons of water you have stored in your basement.
If you don’t store fuel, you take the risk of hitting a shortage in your community if a natural disaster hits. Use these tips to start a safe fuel stockpile today!
How to Store Fuel Properly
Fuel must be stored in an airtight container. Most major retailers will carry specified fuel containers with built-in spouts, color-coded for the type of fuel you need. Red is for gas, blue for kerosene and yellow for diesel.
These containers should be kept in an area that’s well-ventilated, away from electrical equipment, flames, or ignitions.
Fuel will lose its potency over time, especially in warmer weather (above 70 degrees Fahrenheit). To maintain quality, put additives in the fuel. Both STA-BIL and PRI-G are excellent choices. These chemicals contain antioxidants and biocides which will prevent compound and microbial growth.
How Much to Store and When to Replace Your Fuel
How much fuel you should store depends on a few factors:
- How warm the climate is in your area (potency concerns)
- How much you think you’ll need
- How much your municipality allows you to store
In general, most municipalities limit the amount of fuel that can be stored to 25 gallons.
As far as replacing the fuel, a good rule of thumb is to refresh your supply every six months. Your fuel doesn’t have to go to waste though; you can simply pour the old gas into your vehicle.
Dangers with Fuel Storage
- Never keep fuel in the house or in a storage area attached to your house
- Fuel shut-off valves on generators are not 100% efficient, so be sure the tank is kept empty
- Gas can expand, so fill containers up to 95% to allow room for that to occur
Safely storing fuel will allow you to get your generator up and running quickly in the event of an emergency. Give you and your family peace of mind that you’ll be prepared when disaster strikes. If you have further questions on fuel safety contact us today (732) 410-7695!