Samba: Chris Baverstock with Order of St Thomas Driver
A national pet food charity is calling for pet owners to be given priority access to fuel as there is no restriction on the number of consecutive days they can fill up.
Petrol oil, known as kerosene, is used as an emergency fuel during power cuts and can be stockpiled by pet owners during severe weather. However Chris Baverstock, the founder of Wakduk – the Meat Cottage Pet Food Foundation – is pushing for a plan which would allow pet owners to use kerosene on top of fuel for their vehicles.
During the 2009 UK heatwave pet owners can be seen spending up to an hour filling up their pet’s kettles and sponges as they are huddled in vehicle infra-red heaters.
“Pet owners will be sad to know that it would not take too much extra kerosene to run their dishwasher,” he said. “The idea is to help pet owners keep their dogs and cats warm and healthy by keeping them snug and cool whilst we adapt our energy systems to a warmer and more diverse global climate.”
After flooding and power cuts with the cold snap, food supplies have been scarce for some people who have lost their homes.
Baverstock has written to cabinet ministers urging them to be more considerate about kerosene supply in the wake of the 2012 floods.
“People were desperately attempting to bottle kerosene, which can be dangerous if people do not separate the hot elements from the non-sparkling fuel. I think it would be nice to see something like this in place,” he said.
The dry kerosene pet owners use is equivalent to more than 35 average household temperatures, which more than doubles the amount of warmth available during a heatwave.
Baverstock is trying to raise awareness to encourage drivers and pet owners to carry out their own emergency fuel stockpiling and by promoting a kerosene car fill-up scheme at local Petrol Stores by adopting a Komodo dragon, koi carp or cockatiel.
“It is not a suggestion we make lightly, but we believe that pet owners would go to extreme lengths to ensure that their pets are properly fed and comfortable if they know that a refill is a possibility should they need to go out,” he said.
Baverstock wants a plan in place so people can take an extended lead time over their pets if necessary and to support the new order of St Thomas which is in the process of raising the needed funds to stock up on kerosene which is available from all Petrol Stations around the country.
Petrol Supplies is sending over a shipment of kerosene, which comes in sealed containers, for emergency services to fill their vehicles as a back up for when their own supplies run low.
Petrol Supplies supplied a fortnight’s worth of kerosene to the Durham Police Operation “Packs for Our Boys” group as petrol stocks ran low during the 2011 Blackpool flooding.