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Storage of fuels

"Store petrol, oil and the like correctly"

The storage of fuels is fundamentally a very delicate matter - both in the private and in the commercial sector. Since their high flammability can quickly develop into a major hazard, storage is limited and precisely regulated by law. The central points are the quantities stored and the storage containers. What to consider when storing fuel and why IBC container are ideally suited for this, you can find out here.

What do the legal regulations look like?

The fossil fuels gasoline, diesel and oil play a central role in our everyday life. Above all, our mobility is decisively determined by them. It goes without saying that some people come up with the idea of ​​stocking up on things when the prices are in the basement for once. However, extreme caution is required. The substances represent a potential hazard and can cause considerable damage. That is why there are also specific regulations for fuel storage that must be observed. If you don't do that, you face high fines. In the event of a fire, non-compliance with the respective provisions can even result in the loss of insurance cover from the building insurance. There is a good reason for these regulations. Fuels are always hazardous materials too. The individual regulations are therefore aimed at minimizing the dangers that can arise from a fuel.

It depends on the amount

When it comes to fuel storage, the first thing that matters is the amount to be stored. The legislature has set relatively low upper limits in the private sector. For example, if you want to store gasoline in your garage, you can generally do so, but the maximum amount is limited to 20 liters. A larger amount, however, is allowed when it comes to storing diesel. A maximum amount of 200 liters is possible here. The discrepancy is easy to explain: Diesel is much more difficult to ignite than gasoline. Therefore, at least in theory, it poses a lower risk. Incidentally, fuel must always be stored in the garage in suitable containers. These must be absolutely tight, tightly lockable and also unbreakable. In addition, good ventilation of the room must also be ensured. The fuel vapors, which are inevitably emitted, represent a not inconsiderable danger. In a relatively small space, such as a garage, they quickly become a major problem without ventilation. Car workshops are of course allowed to store a larger amount of fuel. Above all, in order to do their job, they need significant amounts of oil. The actual storage of fuels must take place, depending on the quantity, in separate rooms that are only used for this purpose.

Take care when storing it in the basement

The fuel storage in the basement is regulated even more stringently than that in the garage. Regardless of whether it is gasoline, diesel or lubricating oil - the upper limit is always 20 liters. This amount refers to the total amount of fuel and the entire basement area. If a cellar consists of several rooms, it is therefore not allowed to store 20 liters in each of these rooms. This can quickly become a problem, especially in tenement houses that have basement compartments for each individual tenant. It is practically impossible to reach solid agreements here. For this reason, fuel storage is often forbidden in the rental agreement. The landlord also has the right to do this. If a tenant violates this regulation, the landlord can terminate the rental contract due to a breach of contract in accordance with Section 573, Paragraph 2, No. 1 of the German Civil Code (BGB). Given the situation on the rental market, it is better not to take this risk.

Where fuel storage is strictly forbidden

There are a number of places and places in the home where the storage of fuels is generally not permitted. This includes passageways, all kinds of passageways, corridors and attic spaces. Flammable liquids may be stored in the apartment, but a strict upper limit of one liter has been set. Petrol and diesel have no place in an apartment as such.

Why IBC containers are particularly suitable for fuel storage

If you want to store the permitted 200 liters of diesel in your garage, you should opt for an intermediate bulk container (IBC) as a storage container if possible. An IBC with a capacity of 600 liters is ideal for this. This leaves enough space in its tank bladder for the diesel fumes to unfold. However, the bladder must be deflated at regular intervals with the garage door open. This is done simply by unscrewing the lid of the filling opening on the top of the container. The big advantage of an IBC, however, is that the fuel can be removed easily and safely via the integrated outlet fitting. This is almost child's play when the IBC is positioned on a precisely fitting frame. In addition, it is recommended to combine it with a drip pan, which is also available in retail stores. If the worst comes to the worst, you are definitely on the safe side. In the event that you want to store gasoline, a high-quality canister is ideal for storage.

Storage of fuels - better not

No matter how tempting it is to buy fuel at low prices and then store it - it would only be really worthwhile with diesel. On the other hand, you are taking unnecessary risks. In addition, fuels do not have an unlimited shelf life. It is better to keep your hands off storage in private areas. Incidentally, none of these details relate to a heating oil, of course. Separate regulations apply to the storage of heating oil in conjunction with an oil heater.