STORING AND DISPOSING OF GASOLINE
The following are some guidelines for safe residential storage and disposal of gasoline:
- Store gasoline in an airtight approved storage container holding 5 gallons or less, like the red plastic gasoline cans sold at hardware stores, or approved metal gasoline cans.
- Storage in one and two family dwellings is limited to a total of 25 gallons. In a two-family dwelling, the 25 gallon limit is per structure, not per family.
- If possible, store gasoline in a cool, dry, ventilated and secure area entirely separate from the house, such as a shed or detached garage.
- Storage within a building is limited to rooms with fire-rated separation from the rest of the structure, such as a garage or a storage room opening to the outside only. There must not be any gas, water heater, or air handler equipment for the rest of the building in this garage or storage.
- Do not store near appliances such as clothes dryer or water pumps.
- Store gasoline containers well away from generators and cars.
- Keep gasoline containers away from reach of children and pets to prevent accidental poisoning. Make sure containers have child resistant caps.
- Leftover gasoline should never be poured down the drain, dumped on the ground, or thrown in the trash. It is illegal to throw anything into the ocean, bay, rivers, canals, or other waters of Miami-Dade County.
If you are unable to use or give away leftover gasoline, you may dispose of it at Miami-Dade County’s Home Chemical Collection Centers. The centers will accept a maximum of 10 gallons per customer. The container must be left with the center. The center nearest Palmetto Bay is located in South Dade at 23707 SW 97th Avenue, Gate-B. Normal operating hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For more information about waste disposal, contact the Miami-Dade Center by dialing 3-1-1 from any Miami-Dade phone.
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