Keeping a generator at the ready in case of emergency is a smart idea. To truly be prepared, you also need to store fuel to run your machine. But do you know the best way to store gasoline, how long it lasts, or how much you can keep? Here is everything you need to know about keeping a supply of fuel on hand.
Only Approved Containers
Any gas you store must be kept in an approved fuel can or tank. To store fuel safely, your best option is a 5-gallon jerry can. Made of pressed steel or heavy-duty plastic, they are usually separated into four colors depending on the contents, RED being for gasoline.
Handling Gas, Safety First
Always have a B-rated extinguisher nearby. Refuel you’re A-iPower generator outdoors or in a very well-ventilated garage. Wipe up any spilled gasoline right away and dispose of the rags outdoors, away from any source of ignition. Don’t smoke or light a match anywhere near where fuel is handled. Avoid getting gasoline on your skin. If you do, wash with soapy water as soon as possible.
How to Store
Gasoline, of course, is highly flammable, so keep it away from potential heat sources, such as water heaters, space heaters, furnaces, etc. Make sure the can is tightly capped, and filled to only 95% full, to allow for expansion. As always, keep out of reach of children.
How Much to Store
Check with your municipality for their rules on fuel storage. You may find that fire officials don't want you storing more than two 5-gallon containers unless you have a proper fuel storage shed outdoors. Some local fire codes restrict the amount of gasoline an individual homeowner can store to no more than 25 gallons in individual 5-gallon containers. Breaking these rules could not only result in a fine but may mean any subsequent fire damage may not be covered by your insurance policy.
How Long Does Gasoline Last?
Gasoline naturally degrades and loses combustibility over time due to oxidation and evaporation. If stored properly, gas usually lasts three to six months, Using gas older than six months can cause damage to an A-iPower generator.
To increase shelf life, add fuel stabilizers to the gasoline before storing it. This works to slow oxidation and evaporation and extend the life of the gas. A stabilizer can lengthen gasoline’s life up to three years. Fuel stabilizers should be used with new gasoline. They don’t slow the degradation of old gasoline, and they can’t make contaminated gas work effectively.