Living near a petrol station is 'bad for your health' as fuel pollutants found to travel 100m

Living near a petrol station can be a health hazard, researchers warn. They say the air in the immediate vicinity of garages is often polluted with airborne particles from evaporated fuel and therefore harmful to local residents. Scientists from the University of Murcia in Spain studied the effects of contamination at petrol stations.

They found dangerous airborne pollutants from garages could contaminate buildings as far as 100m away. The scientists said a 'minimum' distance of 50 metres should therefore be maintained between petrol stations and housing, and 100 metres for 'especially vulnerable' facilities such as hospitals, health centres, schools and old people's homes.