Petrol panic buying

Two petrol stations at Christchurch in Dorset were closed by police this afternoon. Queues to get into the garages caused traffic problems.

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Trading standards fuel advice

Buckinghamshire Trading Standards has added its voice to those advising people not to stockpile fuel at home, saying fuel storage on domestic properties should be kept to a minimum due to increased fire risks. Anyone considering storing fuel must make sure they keep to the legal requirements.

Terry Carter, Principal Trading Standards Officer, said: “We understand the short-term difficulties a petrol strike will cause people but public safety is our number one concern - therefore we would strongly advise people to be sensible and not to take unnecessary risks with fuel.

“As with all highly flammable liquids, there are obvious safety and legal issues associated with the storage of fuel around the home, which could result in increased risks to both residents and firefighters in the event of a fire."

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