People keen to make the most of the low cost of petrol have been trying to fill up containers like soft drink bottles, causing Z Energy to issue a warning about the risks involved with storing fuel at home.

Z Energy's Health, Safety, Security and Environment Manager, Julie Rea, said customers have tried to make the most of buying petrol while the prices were the lowest they've been in five years.

"With fuel prices 47 cents per litre cheaper than they were three months ago, a number of customers have been considering whether or not to fill up their fuel containers while the price is low," she said.

"If you do decide to store a container of fuel at home, for safety reasons we recommend you store only small quantities and make sure that you are using a purpose built, approved fuel storage container.


"If you choose to hold more than 50 litres, be aware there are additional legal requirements that you must meet," said Julie.

The Environmental Protection Authority states that fuel can only be stored and transported in approved fuel containers that have an appropriate sealing cap, are made of metal or a durable plastic that won't react with the fuel and that are clearly labelled to identify the fuel and the potential hazards; and store no more than 50 litres.

"Worryingly, we've seen a few customers trying to fill fuel into containers such as soft drink bottles. But using an unapproved fuel container is not only illegal, it's highly dangerous and can put your entire household at risk.

"And given it's an illegal activity, should something happen, you may not be covered by your insurance provider.

"Fuel products such as petrol are highly flammable - if not stored and handled properly, these sorts of substances can seriously endanger people, property and the environment."

Do's and don'ts:
* Only fill containers that have been stamped to say they are approved to carry flammable liquids, have an appropriate sealing cap, and are made of metal or a durable plastic

* Place portable fuel containers on the ground and fill slowly

* Ensure nozzle is touching the container to prevent the build-up of static electricity


* Store out of sunlight in a cool location

* Check your legal and insurance obligations

* Use containers that are not approved for storing fuel

* Fill containers on the back of a truck deck, trailer, utility vehicle or in car boots as there is a risk of an explosion from a build-up of static electricity

* Leave containers in the back of a car as the container will get pressurised as the petrol heats up

* Store more than 50 litres without the relevant certifications

* Store for more than three months - petrol is not suitable for long term storage