Press Release Issued By
Lancashire County Council Consumer Services





Now that the fuel crisis has passed, Lancashire County Council Trading Standards and Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are warning people against hoarding of fuel.

County Councillor Chris Cheetham, Chairman of Lancashire’s Finance and General Purposes Sub-Committee,said:

"Motorists who may have stored petrol fearing shortages during the recent fuel 'crisis' are now asked to safely put it into their vehicles. Petrol is an extremely dangerous product and it is illegal to store it in garages and sheds and offences can result in fines or even imprisonment. In addition any fire or accident arising from illegal petrol storage could invalidate peoples home insurance.

"We have previously issued warnings about the dangers of storing petrol and the use of unsuitable containers and there have been a number of incidents including an illegal plastic container 'melting' and causing petrol leakage into neighbouring homes."

Commenting on the prospect that people may still be hoarding petrol following last September's fuel crisis, Assistant Chief Fire Officer John Williamson said:

"During the fuel crisis we heard of all manner of unsuitable containers being used to hoard petrol and I am dismayed that months later people are still storing petrol.

"We are regularly called to put out fires in sheds and garages, often a target for deliberate fire setting and the very places where hoarders are most likely to store their fuel. Storing fuel obviously introduces enormous additional risk to our fire fighters, as it presents a fire and explosion hazard whatever the container and it is something I must emphatically advise against."

Note to Editors: The maximum amount of petrol that can be legally stored is 2 x 5 litre plastic or 2 x 10 litre metal containers when stored on a vehicle. The containers must be of an approved type and any storage above these limits would require the approval of your Petroleum Licensing Authority.

Criminal offences for the illegal storage of petrol are punishable under the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by imprisonment for up to 2 years and an unlimited fine.

Advice and information on petroleum storage is available from the Trading Standards Department on 01772 263569.


Trading Standards, David Scott, Principal Officer (Petroleum), telephone 01772 262759

Fire and Rescue, John Taylor, Media and Public Relations Officer,

telephone 01772 866939



Issued through the Media and Public Relations Group, County Hall, Preston, PR1 9XJ.

For further information please contact Clare Ianson, Senior Press Officer. Tel - 01772 263537 Fax 01772 263553


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