Guide to Keeping Your Oil Storage Tanks Safe

Protect the fuels and lubricants you store on your premises

If you have oil tanks at your home or place of work, it is important that you take all

necessary safety precautions. Making sure that you know all the safety risks and the guidelines you need to follow is vital if you want to keep your oil supply and other people safe.

Here is a guide on oil tanks safety and what you will need to do in the event of an emergency.

Check Manufacturer Guidelines

When your oil tank was first installed, it will have come with manufacturer guidelines specifically for the model you purchased.

To be sure that everything is installed and set up the way it should be, make sure you check the guidelines. If you have any issues, contact the manufacturer for more information.

Inspect Your Tank Regularly

Checking your tank on a regular basis will help you avoid any leaks or fuel contamination. Also, try and check the area around the tank to see if there are any signs of a leak you may have failed to spot.

If your tank has sprung a leak, you will more than likely be able to spot signs of corrosion. Otherwise, you may notice dead grass or a strange smell around the tank.

Book Annual Inspections

Even though you’re confident you will be able to spot any problems with your tank, you should still get it inspected by professionals once a year.

Some oil tank suppliers will offer annual inspections as part of their sales package, so make sure you contact them to see if you can arrange a site visit.

Locate the Shut-Off Valve

Should there ever be an emergency situation, you may have to turn your tank off immediately. To do this, you will need to turn off the shut-off valve.

Make sure that you know where the shut-off valve is and it’s easy to reach in the event of an emergency. If the tank is at your place of business, make sure any relevant members of staff know where the valve is and how to turn it off.

Additional Safety Tips

  • Make sure you never use naked flames near your oil tanks.
  • When you open your oil tank, avoid breathing in the fumes.
  • If at any point oil comes in contact with your skin, wash it off immediately.

If you want to learn more about fuel and oil tank safety, give our fuels and oil storage tank experts a call today on 01282 775431 to get all of the information you need.