OFTEC launches “Tank Safe” campaign

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OFTEC has teamed up with the Environment Agency and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) to launch a new ‘Tank Safe’ campaign, urging the one million oil using homes in England, Wales and Scotland to carry out crucial safety checks on their storage tanks during the summer months.
It is estimated that at least one in three oil tanks currently in use are past their life expectancy of 20 years and should be replaced. Failing to do so could result in leaks which can be costly to both the owner and the environment.
Malcolm Farrow of OFTEC says: “It’s easy to forget about oil tanks during the summer months when central heating systems are not in use. That’s why we’ve launched the ‘Tank Safe’ campaign, offering consumers advice and guidance on how important it is to check their tanks now so they are ready for when the colder weather arrives.
“Fortunately leaks are rare, but the consequences of oil spills aren’t just inconvenient for the homeowner, they can be a serious issue for the environment, depending on how much oil has leaked.”
OFTEC recommends that tanks are inspected by a competent person, such as an OFTEC registered technician, at least once a year as part of a normal central heating system service.
Mark Askew of FPS adds: “It’s important for consumers to have their tanks checked by a qualified technician to ensure it’s in the best condition and to alert householders to potential problems before they happen. Losing a tank of oil could be expensive, but this cost is minimal compared to the potential costs of a spill.”