Given liquid fuel's volatility and inherent danger of fire or explosion, the U.S. federal government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 2000 revised its statutes and regulations given the storage of liquid fuels. These regulations are highly detailed in terms of fuel storage and are aimed against negligence in the storing of volatile and dangerous liquid fuels.
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All storage containers must be protected from physical damage. Owners of fuel containers of whatever type are legally obligated to regularly inspect containers for any kind of wear or leakage. Wherever a fuel storage unit is housed, the housing itself must be ventilated. All storage units for liquid fuel must be protected against heat, especially if fuel containers are positioned near engines or other heat sources. All fuel storage units must be shielded from extreme heat, any source of ignition or open pits. All storage containers must be secured from any jarring or bumping, especially mobile fuel storage units.
All fuel storage containers will not contain debris, and the spout (or whatever dispenses the fuel) should be inspected regularly, be clean and in good working order. No debris should ever clog a fuel dispensing valve or spout.
No fuel container should be stored in underground entrances or underground units like elevators or anywhere else where fumes might accumulate. No fuel storage unit should be stored in an area where lots of people pass, such as stairways, exits or entrances to public places. All smoking is prohibited wherever fuel is stored.
Any portable fuel storage unit must have a quick closing system of dispensation. All portable fuel storage units should have a opening that is secured by a screw or spring system and should be made of metal.
Your car's gas tank is considered a fuel storage system and is covered by these regulations. No car, therefore, should be parked near any source of flame or excess heat.
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