If you have your own oil tank for heating your home, the safety of your tank may not be the first thing on your mind. Similarly, if you are thinking of investing in an oil tank, it is probably a sensible idea to make sure that you are fully clued up about the safety risks associated with oil tanks before committing yourself to purchasing one.
To help you out, we have put together a quick guide to some of the main safety features regarding oil tanks and how to spot any potential problems that may arise with your tank.
Oil Tank Regulations
There are, of course, plenty of rules and regulations surrounding the safe usage of oil tanks for individuals, so you should always refer to your tank manufacturer’s guidelines if you have any queries or concerns.
It is a good idea to regularly take the time to inspect your tank and its surroundings for any signs of wear or damage. Look out for any visible signs of corrosion or anything that may indicate a leak, such as dead grass or a strange smell. You should also arrange for your oil tank to be inspected or serviced by a professional every year, the same as you would do for your boiler. An oil tank from Tuffa comes with a top quality guarantee, and bunded steel oil tanks are specifically designed with safety in mind.
In Case of Emergency
Another important safety feature to bear in mind is the location of your shut-off valve. Although it is impossible to plan for an emergency, you can still do your best to prepare should the worst happen. Make sure that you know where your tank’s emergency shut-off valve is, just in case. In the event that you do have a leak, turning off the shut-off valve should always be your first port of call. You will also need to contact the tank manufacturer and your oil supplier – the Environment Agency will be able to tell you how best to manage the clean-up operation.
In addition to all this, there are a few more quick safety tips for oil tanks that you probably already know but are still worth reiterating just in case.
- If your skin comes into contact with any oil, wash it immediately
- Take care not to inhale fumes from your oil tank
- Don’t use naked flames near your tank
- Never rock the tank to check the oil level
To learn more about our products or to enquire about placing an order for an oil tank, please get in touch with us.