Isle of Wight residents told “no need to stockpile fuel”

Isle of Wight residents told “no need to stockpile fuel”
Residents of the Isle of Wight are being told that there is no need to stockpile fuel. The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue service has warned that stockpiling fuel at home is unnecessary and that it could be putting people at risk.

Fuel supplies on the Island are unlikely to be affected by threatened fuel tanker driver strike action due to the way fuel is supplied to the Isle of Wight.

The company that distributes the ‘vast majority’ of fuel on the Island has indicated that its drivers will not be striking, should such action be called. The council say that fuel supplies should remain normal, as long as people don’t panic buy.

Justin Harden, head of community risk for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service said: “Drivers should continue to buy fuel as normal here on the Island as supplies are not expected to be disrupted like they may be elsewhere.
“There is no need for people to stockpile fuel at home, and in any case we would not advise people to store large amounts of petrol in garages, due to the increased risks to occupiers and firefighters.
“Petrol is a dangerous substance which, when present, can dramatically increase the risk of fire.” 
David Hathaway of Pace Petroleum, which operates the Island’s fuel storage facility, has assured residents there is plenty of fuel available.

For more information, visit the Isle of Wight Councilwebsite.