I'm thinking that there must be some legal limits on how much gasoline
somebody is allowed to store in their garden shed. Safety comes to
mind.... if there's a fire, the amount of combustibles would be a
concern to fire fighters.
Does anybody have experience here? Granted such ordinances probably
vary from municipality-to-municipality with higher or no limits for
farmers and more stringent limits for suburbanites.
But are such limits common? Or am I over-thinking this?
I think this post was premature. A moment's Googling came up with:
"For safety reasons, the EPA discourages consumers from storing more
than 1 to 5 gallons, and the National Fire Protection Association
proposes a limit of 25 gallons. Local fire codes determine whether your
stockpile is legal: In New York City, for example, you can't keep more
than 2.5 gallons."
I've no idea on residential requirements; never heard of any anywhere
we've lived but those have all been in fairly small communities and have
never had need/desire for more than a 5-gal can or two at most.
Farm on-farm storage isn't limited in volume but over
1,320 gal aboveground or more than 42,000 gal underground
and could "reasonably be expected to discharge oil to waters
of the US or adjoining shorelines, such as interstate waters, intrastate
lakes, rivers, and streams" has to have an EPA-approved spill plan in
Needless to say, the average ahr poster probably won't have sufficient
supplies on hand to require same... :)
I recall something in the mortgage papers I signed regarding gasoline
I remember visiting my brother in Florida and seeing about 50 five
gallon containers in the garage. When a hurricane is approaching he
fills them to power his generator.
In urban areas of California the electricity goes out so rarely that
there's no need for a generator. Even after an earthquake the power is
restored pretty quickly to buildings that haven't been destroyed.
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