Fuel Storage: Problems and Solutions
Improperly-stored fuel results in a variety of health and safety problems, both for people and the surrounding environment. It is therefore essential to learn how to store fuel correctly, whether as backup power for emergency generators and other equipment or in cars kept in garages for the winter.
So what are the risks associated with improper fuel storage, and what steps can be taken to ensure fuel poses no threat?
Problems With Incorrect Fuel Storage
Full fuel tanks left over time without any additives will corrode, resulting in numerous fuel-related vehicle issues. The liquid separates when not in continuous use, causing corrosion, while air present in the tank turns to water vapor and subsequently condensation. This also causes corrosion as well as fungal growth.
In addition to tank/engine harm, poorly-stored fuel can contaminate groundwater, soil and nearby wells due to leaks. Such contamination may sicken humans and animals who come in contact with these leaks, while fuel fumes are another health risk. If vapors are continuously inhaled in a closed space, it can prove fatal. Fires and explosions are yet another risk.
How to Store Fuel Safely
As per the EPA, fuel should be stored only in designated containers, preferably those built and approved by the agency. It is essential to avoid storing near furnaces and other heat sources, such as stoves and space heaters. For best results, keep fuel at least 50 feet away from ignition sources. Stored fuel should also be kept out of direct sunlight and in a cool, dry, well-ventilated space.
When handling fuel, always be sure to do so outdoors or in an open garage. Stored fuel kept in a shed or unattached garage away from the house is best, and as always be sure to keep it out of the hands of children and away from pets.
Use rags, sawdust and paper to clean spills.
Fuel Distributor Benefits
While it may seem like a good idea to drain the fuel tank for winter storage, this leaves a huge area for air, and therefore water, to condense and cause corrosion. This corrosion will damage not just the tank, but also the carburetor, fuel lines and cylinder. It is therefore a much better option to use a fuel stabilizer for storage, which will help prevent corrosion and fungal growth.
For best results, adding a fuel stabilizer to your system for storage is recommended after ensuring the tank is full. It is then necessary to start the vehicle, which will cause the fuel distributor to circulate the stabilizer through the injector, any filter systems, and back to the tank. Allow the vehicle to run for about 20 minutes, then shut it off. The vehicle will be in good shape the next time you turn it on.
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