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Even the small things — 3 Comments

  1. great post! It’s a good reminder for me to store more gas. I only have some in a small container for the lawn mower. Do you know how much gas can be stored on one’s property legally? If I happened to have a bit more than the legal requirement, would my fire insurance be voided?

  2. Lonnie – Fuel storage regulations are often set up by your local fire departments, so you might want to check with your city/county to verify what will work for you. As to the fire insurance question, only your agent can answer that. Lots of these issues though can be taken care of by proper storage techniques – away from dwellings, properly grounded, in approved containers, correctly designed fuel storage area, etc. If you don’t want to check with the city/county, then find a local company that does bulk fuel for agriculture/construction/etc and ask them for information. Many of them have handouts, or can tell you exactly what you need to do to store fuel safely and legally. Not to mention, if you check with city/county directly, sometimes that’ll lead to a nice little visit from code enforcement…just a heads up on that. Gotta love the bureaucrats!

    Hope that helps a bit

    -Greg Trent

  3. This reminds me a similar incident. About 5 or 6 years ago, the pipeline that feed Arizona with gas, diesel and jet fuel burst. The only oil products getting in were being trucked in and you can’t supply a metro area like this on trucked in fuel.

    I was sitting in my office when one of my employees came in, saying, “I guess you couldn’t plan for this sort of thing, eh?” To which I replied, “Your’e right. Except for the stored gasoline and diesel I have.” It was great fun to see his mouth drop.

    (side note: I wouldn’t have told him about it if I didn’t already trust him.)

    Survival is the Art of Being Prepared. When you understand that, the difference between surviving and being prepared stands out like a sore thumb. It’s why we don’t promote survival over preparedness.

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