Everyone at some point uses this useful commodity, fuel, which is currently on the brink of depletion. Though very useful, its deposits can no longer hold any longer, as they have entirely been extracted and may be used to nearly the last drop. Though this is a reality that the entire world is slowly coming to terms with, the fact stands, it is time to come up with other fuel alternatives that would work perfectly and have lesser or no environmental impacts. If you took a walk on the streets of Delhi and Tehran, for example, you would be hit by devastating images as a result of environmental pollution by the fuel. From pedestrians to bikers and even their pets, wearing face masks is the order of the day.
A study shows that in China alone, more than 4000 nationals die every day due to air pollution. Therefore fuel which contributes to pollution should be swiftly replaced by another eco-friendly type of fuel. As the process of inventing fuel alternatives begin, its time people were educated on fuel safety and how best to store it, so they can enjoy the limited resource safely for long, and even reduce air pollution and save huge chunks of money, now that the pump prices are at an all-time high.
Below are six tips for handling and storing this highly volatile and flammable substance
1. Avoid storing the generator with gas in the tank
Gasoline, used in generators should not be left in the generator tank at the time of storage. Gasoline shelf life gets shortened every time it is left in the generator, and, it becomes a waste ones its shelf life is reached. Be sure to put in the generator just a sizable amount of gasoline every six months, and run the generator until all of it is finished. Also, avoid using gasoline in kerosene heaters and pumps or mixing it with either kerosene or diesel.
2. Gasoline should be stored in an airtight red container
Different fuels should be stored in separate containers. As a rule of thumb, desist from purchasing used containers as they may have tiny holes that may either let air come into contact with gasoline thus spoiling it or the holes through which the fuel may leak. Always store gasoline in red airtight containers, kerosene in blue containers while yellow containers should be used to store diesel.
3. Gasoline should never be stored in the living house, outside or near anything hot
As a safety precaution, never store gasoline inside your living house. Neither should it be left outside as it can easily get contaminated with water and, or natural gases. The fuel is highly flammable, and if left out in the scorching sun, it may explode causing bodily harm, destruction of property and even death. Ensure you either store it inside the garage or in a separate shed away from your house, heaters, furnaces and an ignition source.
4. Avoid placing propane tanks in living spaces
Propane, just like gasoline tanks and containers should never be stored inside one’s house or living space. Make sure you place them in the garage. An alternative storage for the tank would be outdoors, only ensure that you don’t put it under direct sun or close to a source of heat as it is highly inflammable.
5. Check for leaks
Before you purchase the propane tank or pull one out of the storage, inspect it for leaks. When checking holes on the tubing, a washcloth dipped in a mixture of water and soap is used to wipe the tubing. The presence of a bubble is an indication of a hole in the tubing, and one is advised to purchase a new tubing rather than repairing it.
6. Transport the tanks while upright
When packing the propane tanks for transportation, make it a habit of holding them secure in an upright position. Use a strong cordage or rope to tie them firmly together in place. Metal chains should be avoided at all cost, as they can cause sparks upon friction with the tank (due to electrostatic charges) thus risking an explosion. If you are transporting propane using a car, ensure you open all the windows and confirm that the valves on the tanks are locked, and have a dust cap covering them.