No sooner had TEK reported that UK Minister Francis Maude was offering reckless advice regarding the possible fuel tanker driver's strike, than a warning was issued. Maude had advised motorists to consider filling their vehicle tank up that little bit more but also to keep an emergency supply of fuel in a "jerry can".The UK Fire Brigade have been quick to offer a warning, advice and a request for Francis Maude to withdraw his foolish words.
SkyNews has reported that, "The Fire Brigades Union called for the advice to be withdrawn, warning that storing petrol at home was extremely dangerous. Matt Wrack, FBU general secretary, said: "The general public does not properly understand the fire and explosion risk of storing fuel, even if it was done sensibly. Those without garages may be tempted to store fuel in the home. In the event of a fire in the house or a neighbouring property, it would be disastrous." He added: "There is a real danger the public will start storing fuel in inappropriate ways if the Government is encouraging panic-buying and storage. This advice is wrong and must be withdrawn."
As some Ministers continue to inflame the situation it is not known whether Maude will heed the advice of the FBU. After all in their eyes there could be sense in fueling panic buying.
Twitter has been alive with tweets relating to this story and the words of Francis Maude. As many have pointed out it would be better to seek out sound advice on how to get the most out of your fuel If you are interested in that course of action please check out:
There are many more websites offering useful advice.
As UK drivers get the jitters many are already panic buying. One garage has reported taking £3,000 an hour. Others have already run dry. Well done Mr Maude. Job done.
Motorists who opt to follow Maude's advice should consider:
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog