Kerosene is a liquid, petroleum-based fuel that has had a surge in popularity because of dramatic increases in heating costs. Some people use kerosene heaters as an emergency heat source and as a supplement to natural gas or electric heat sources. While kerosene can reduce winter heating costs, it can also be hazardous if not stored properly. The type of container you use and where you keep the container are the most important aspects of storing kerosene.

Step 1

Select a plastic or metal container that is blue in color, has a tight seal and provides ventilation.

Step 2

Label the container for added protection if it is not clearly marked as kerosene.

Step 3

Store the kerosene container in an outdoor location protected from direct sunlight because prolonged exposure can degrade the fuel.