Mass. Officials Discourage Stockpiling Fuel To Avoid Rising Prices

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While gas prices may be rising amid unrest in Libya, Massachusetts officials are urging residents not to stock up on the fuel.

State Fire Marshall Steven Coan said he's been hearing commentary in the media recently about storing extra gas to help protect from rising prices.

"While we all feel the pinch of sky-rocketing dollars" consumers face from gasoline and energy costs, "it sure isn't worth a life," Coan said.

Coan said stock-piling gas poses a major fire risk, since vapors are "extremely volatile."

Gas should never be store inside a home.

This program aired on February 25, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.