As long as you're cautious
I don't see any reason why you can't store gas for a generator. That in spite of what is said here in today's Palm Beach Post-
PALM BEACH GARDENS —One or a few isolated acts of carelessness or stupidity doesn't mean people shouldn't store gas for their generators. The Post and the MSM in general just like to stir up fear. Just like they air the whiners after a major storm.
Large quantities of fuel for powering emergency generators, coupled with improper storage, could translate into a serious fire threat, said Capt. Don DeLucia, spokesman for Palm Beach County Fire-Rescue.
"When the 2004 hurricanes came along, who would have expected 2005?" said Nina Banister, a spokeswoman for the state fire marshal. "Obviously people are doing what they should and getting prepared. That's what we want, but storing gasoline is setting up a potential recipe for disaster."
State fire code limits gasoline storage to 25 gallons for single-family homes and 10 gallons for multiple-family homes, including townhouses and condos.
With only 15 gallons of gasoline stored in his back yard last year, Roger Gill, 59, had to venture out for more fuel to keep his generator going. This year, instead of driving around in search of an open gas station, the North Palm Beach resident plans to hook up his generator to his home's existing gas line.
Using the gas line is a safe but expensive option, DeLucia said. For those who cannot afford the high setup costs, however, standard Underwriters Laboratories-approved gasoline containers still can be used safely.
Like most liquids, gasoline expands when heated, producing fumes that can be ignited by even a small spark. The more gas on hand, the more fumes are in the air, which increases the likelihood that something as simple as a light switch or a flash of static electricity could result in a deadly blaze.
Last year, one suburban West Palm Beach man placed a running generator next to a closed garage that was freshly stocked with gasoline cans. Once he opened the door, the fumes ignited and set fire to his garage.
A generator and gasoline must be handled with caution. If one studies up on the proper use of these machines and does all that is required, they won't have to suffer through the 11 days without power TFM had to endure after Wilma.
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