Police Warns Against Storing Fuel At Home

Acting Midlands police spokesperson, Assistant Inspector Ethel Mukwende warned the public against storing fuel at their homes saying it is a breach of public safety regulations, as well as environmental laws.

She said police are carrying out an awareness campaign concerning fuel storage in homes or public places in Midlands province. Assistant Inspector Mukwende appealed to the public not to store fuel at home adding that it poses a danger to members of the community.

Environment Management Agency (EMA) Midlands provincial manager Mr Benson Bhasera said storing fuel at homes is illegal according to Statutory Instrument 12 of 2007. Said Bhasera:

According to the statutory instrument 12 of 2007, petrol and diesel are classified as hazardous substances. According to SI12, one requires a licence to transport and store them. The storage facilities should have been approved by Standards Association of Zimbabwe. What people are doing to use plastic containers, and storing fuel in their homes is illegal. These substances are corrosive and highly flammable.

More: Herald

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