FDNY Urges New Yorkers to Use Any Gasoline Stored from Superstorm Sandy
Following Superstorm Sandy, power outages and a fuel shortage led to many New York City residents purchasing gasoline to power generators and storing gasoline for use in automobiles.
Improperly stored gasoline is a serious safety risk. Vapors from one gallon of gasoline can produce an explosion with the same force as 14 sticks of dynamite. And the vapors alone from a gasoline container, with just a small amount of gasoline, are just as dangerous as a full container.
Many residents may still have gasoline stored from the storm, and the Department is urging all New Yorkers to immediately use that gasoline and to take the following important safety measures.
- Any gasoline still stored in a container from Superstorm Sandy should be used immediately.
- Never store gasoline inside an apartment or home. Gasoline should be stored outside, or in a vented garage away from any open flame.
- Gasoline containers should never be stored in direct sunlight or in an area that may trap heat during extreme temperatures.
- Only a one gallon approved safety container should be used for the storage of gasoline for residential use, and this gas should be used within 30 days.
- Never dispose of gasoline by pouring into drains or sewers. This creates a dangerous and potentially explosive condition.