No need to ‘panic’ buy fuel

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‘BUSINESS as usual’ is the message from the Highlands and Islands Strategic Co-ordinating Group (HISCG) who are advising region residents that there is no need to ‘panic’ buy fuel.

In light of recent events and the possibility of strike action in relation to the ongoing fuel dispute, the multi-agency partners from HISCG are keen to reassure the public that it’s ‘business as usual’ at the petrol stations.

And the Group is meeting regularly and liaising with fuel distributors across the Highlands and Islands in order to ensure the public is updated if and when there are any changes.

Northern Constabulary can confirm that fuel supplies are continuing and are being distributed as normal.

Contingencies plans are in place should the situation change and the message is that there is no need to ‘panic’ buy.

Highlands and Islands Fire and Rescue Service would advise people not to store large amounts of fuel in garages or domestic premises due to the increased risks to occupiers and fire-fighters.

Petrol is a dangerous substance which, when present can dramatically increase the risk of fire and it is recommended that any storage of petrol is kept to a minimum.

The Fire Service would urge all members of the public to focus on their own safety at all times and advice all persons who are considering storing fuel on their properties to comply with the following advice:

Do not fill a container more than the capacity printed on the label

Do not store petrol inside a domestic premises

Store petrol in a place that is not part of or attached to a building used as a dwelling

Petrol must be stored in approved plastic or metal containers of the sort that can be typically purchased from filling stations

You can store up to 30 litres of petrol in two, appropriate 10 litre metal containers and two appropriate five litre containers.

NHS Highland is continuing to run services as normal. The Health Board is monitoring the situation and has business continuity plans in place to cover all eventualities.