Storing Gasoline for Emergencies

If the power goes out or if Mother Nature forces you to evacuate, you may need an extra supply of gasoline. The extra supply of gasoline will allow your generator or vehicle to continue to operate as stations or service run out of fuel. This article will explain how to store extra gasoline supply with safety.


  1. For storage you need a can for fuels listed by UL and approved by FM. These cans are made of galvanized steel. Its major features include: galvanized steel construction, resistant to physical damage, a handle that allows easy pouring and transportation, a cap to vent the pressure automatically to prevent breakage or explosion in case of fire, a top with anti-spill springs and an internal control of toxic fumes, fire suppression and prevention of ignition
  2. Choose between type 1 or type 2 safety cans. Type 1 cans have an opening for pouring and filling. The type 2 cans have a peak with a flexible metal hose for filling and a separate filling opening. Type 1 cans are less expensive.
  3. Cans should only be filled to 95% capacity. This will allow gasoline to expansion at high temperatures.
  4. If you plan to store gasoline for more than a few months, you must add a preserving agent such as Sta-Bil. Add this agent to the fresh fuel when you fill the tank. The makers of Sta-Bil claim that their product will retain gasoline for 12 months or, if you double the dose, 2 years.
  5. Do not store gasoline inside or near a home. Gasoline should be stored separately in a ventilated area without access to electrical equipment or flames.