Saturday, October 25, 2014

On Fuels and Disaster Preparedness

Fuel is necessary to drive industries and twenty-first century living. Fuel is especially necessary during calamities. When energy power is challenged, people scramble to make do with their rationed power; after all, people still need to cook food, power up generators, and keep their appliances and automobiles running. One would be in a precarious position if one’s household is not prepared for such an event. It is a wise move, for instance, to store fuel in anticipation of power outages caused by weather-related incidents.
Keep in mind, though, that storing fuel has its own risks. For instance, storing fuel in inappropriate containers can lead to gasoline leaks, fires, and other health hazards. To avoid such incidents from happening, one should store such dangerous chemicals in proper containers. Other safety measures pertaining to proper fuel storage would be keeping containers in a dry, isolated area far away from fire hazards such as appliances, electric outlets, and even direct sunlight; routinely checking containers for possible leaks is also good practice.
It would also be good practice to determine what kind of fuel one’s appliances need first so that one would know what fuel needs to be stored in case of emergencies. Most types of fuel have varying shelf lives, and as such, stockpiling on fuel that one might not even use is counterintuitive; knowing what kind of fuel and how much fuel one needs would be helpful in mitigating expenses.

Having the right kind of fuel safely in storage would ease things somewhat for you by having enough power to use your appliances to survive an emergency.


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