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Oil tank safety guide
It is very important to take all the necessary safety precautions, Making sure that you know all the guidelines that you need to follow if you want to keep your oil supply and other members of your family safe at home and in the work place.
Check the Manufacturer Guidelines
When your new oil tank is installed by the fitters, it will come with all the manufacturer guidelines specifically for your make and model.
Be sure that everything is installed the way it say, make sure you check the guidelines. If you think their any problems, contact the manufacturer or the installer for more information.
Regularly inspect Your Tank
Regularly checking your tank for small cracks or staring on the outside of the tank will prevent a Oil company from refussing to deliver your oil. Try and check the area around the tank to see if there are any signs of a leak.
If your tank has leaked, you will notice a strange smell around the area of the tank. If you are worried about anything you find book an inspection. Clear away any over hanging foliage from the tank.
The main thing you need to know incase of Emergancy is where to locate the Shut-Off Valve
Should there ever be leak, you may have to turn your tank off immediately.
Make sure that you know where the shut-off valve is and it’s easy to reach and clear to get to. Most are situated close to the Filter or tank.
If the tank is at your place of business
make sure all your staff know where the valve is and how to turn it off.
General Safety Tips
• Make sure the area around the tank is kept clean and tidy.
• Avoid breathing in the fumes, when working around the tank especially if the lid is open.
• If oil comes in contact with your skin, wash it off Straight away.
Positioning of a new tank
When choosing where to have a new oil tank positioned try to choose an area where it can be seen from the house, this could provent the fuel being stolen.
Some safety rules to consider the distance between buildings and tank. OFTEC recommends that the tanks should be over 76 centimetres away from a wooden fence and 60 centimetres away from Foliage and trellis which does not form part of a boundary.
Screening with a hedge is allowed, but these distances must be kept in mind, if you are considering planting a hedge, the police recommend your hedge should be planted with either holly or Hawthorn as the thorns could put of potential thieves, because ripped clothing or blood left by a thief could help identify the culprits.