A woman in York has been seriously injured whilst transferring petrol between containers in her kitchen. She was taken to Pinderfields Hospital with 40% burns to her body after the petrol ignited and set fire to her clothes.
Members of the public should take extreme care when handling and storing petrol and be aware of the risks associated with incorrect use and storage of fuel. In domestic situations fuel containers must not be stored in living accommodation such as kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms or under staircases. Any storage place should be well away from living areas and be secured to protect against the possibility of vandalism or arson.
– Peter Hudson, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service
Never bring petrol in side your home. If you do smell petrol fumes in a garage or out building ventilate the area and make sure nobody smokes or turns electrical switches on or off. The slightest spark could cause an explosion."