Whether you’re selling gasoline or simply keeping it for the long term, you have to store it correctly. The liquid is highly flammable and volatile. One wrong exposure and it can lead to a fire. It can damage property and result to loss of life.
But how do you store gasoline?
The American Petroleum Institute (API) offers practical recommendations on gasoline storage. While you can use gasoline indoors, you cannot store it inside the home. It is especially true if you’re handling large quantities. Having it outdoors also provides sufficient ventilation.
Do not mix it with other types of fuel such as diesel or kerosene.
Keep it away from extremely hot temperatures and at least 50 feet from possible sources of ignition. Vapor can still be flammable.
Use of Above Ground Storage Tanks
Usually, though, both the experts and the local government suggest or require building a storage tank. For one, it reduces possible gas leaks significantly. Moreover, it allows you store large quantities in one place.
Between above and underground tanks, the former has its advantages. You can easily spot any leak or spill. If there is such a problem, you can resolve the problem quickly. The likelihood of gasoline contaminating the water source is also lower.
Above-ground storage tanks are available in various sizes and materials. Besides concrete, you can look for an above-ground steel tank. It is durable and cost effective as it’s much cheaper than fiberglass. It is also environmentally friendly and less resistant to corrosion, which is the usual reason for leaking.
Aside from buying a steel tank, don’t forget to schedule an inspection on a periodic basis. A professional can check both the interior and exterior conditions of the tank to ensure it is still safe to use. It also makes you compliant with any regulation of your industry and local council.