“Where is the safest place to position my oil tank”? That’s a question often asked by home owners with oil heating. For convenience, it needs to be placed near your home. Yet it needs to be far enough not to cause damage. Leaks and spillages can often occur in new fuel tanks.
Spill containment is a serious safety measure that should always be considered. Owning a fuel tank comes with a number of precautions. Fuel spillages can have a detrimental effect on the environment. Not only in the area it spills but also the surrounding areas. They can destroy the local wildlife habitats and breeding grounds.It can also affect any close by waterways, such as rivers. The impact the spill on the environment can depend on many factors.These include the volume of the spill and the type of fuel. The weight of the substance and the location also play a part. No matter how small the spill is it can cause long-term damage.
Fuel Spill Action Points
- Find out and assess where the spillage is coming from
- Ensure the safety of all persons
- Check for fire risk
- Move any machinery nearby
- Use the required safety equipment before dealing with the spillage
- Seal any holes in the container to prevent any further spillages
- Limit the spread of the spill
- Don’t allow the oil to spill into any drinking water
- Once safe notify an environmental officer where the source is
- Observe the spillage volume and if there are any risks of fire
- Use absorbents or build small dams to prevent the spillage from moving
Once the fuel has been contained try to recover the oil. This can be done using pumps, removing any spillage from the ground. Then place them in a drum so they can be reused. You can also use absorbent pads that are then discarded.
Fuel spillages can have a damaging effect on the environment. Therefore, it’s imperative that oil is stored in an environmentally friendly manner. It is also worth having a spill kit in emergencies.
Oil and fuel absorbent spill kits are ideal for cleaning up spills. They have everything you need to clean the spillage, leaving little residue. Spill kits tend to include absorbent pads, socks AKA “booms”. They also contain a bag to dispose of the used absorbents.
The location of a domestic oil tank is very important. We recommend that oil users’ use an engineer when installing a tank.
Top safety tips for domestic fuel storage was written by Cooke Fuels.