London Fire Brigade

Brigade warning after woman suffers burns in York kitchen fuel fire

30 March 2012

London Fire Brigade is urging  people thinking of storing fuel to take extreme care and follow safety guidelines after a woman suffered serious burns when she tried to decant petrol in her home.

It is believed the woman – who suffered 40% burns -  was decanting the fuel in her York kitchen when  fumes from the petrol ignited because the cooker was on. 

A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: “This tragic accident is a stark reminder that people should be extremely careful if they are thinking of storing petrol and make sure that they take all the necessary precautions.

“You should always store petrol  away from the house in either a shed or a garage and well away from people and anywhere where it might be close to a naked flame or other source of ignition.”

Remember it is against the law to store more than 20 litres (4 gallons) of petrol in two 10 litre (2 gallon) metal containers, and 10 litres (2 gallons) in two 5 litre (1 gallon) plastic containers.

Only use containers built specifically for the purpose of carrying petrol. Appropriate containers are available from car accessory stores.

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