Fuel Oil Safety at Home

If you’re using heating oil to heat your home and make it comfortable during the cold months, it means you have a storage tank inside or under your living space. And just like any other fuel source for heating, there will always be risks involved, especially the possibility of starting a fire. As a homeowner who uses oil for heating, it is imperative that you have someone to call to in times of emergency, whether it is to repair your heating system or keep it properly working through maintenance. And this is where professional service technicians come in. If you’ve been paying a heating oil delivery company to provide you with heating oil, it means you can also tap their services for heating system and storage tank maintenance, the main purpose of which is to make sure the equipment is running smooth, for it not to become a cause for fires or other accidents.

storage tankA good and reliable heating equipment technician knows how important it is to emphasize safety in heating at home. They will be performing a comprehensive inspection of the oil tanks prior to making the delivery of oil. The company will be sending in the best people for the job, ensuring that every homeowner, including you will always be confident that your storage tank and the heating equipment as a whole are in the safest conditions.

As a homeowner, it is your job to periodically check your own oil storage tank for any signs of deterioration, defects, or damage. All of those signs will lead to one thing and one thing only – leaks. When heating oil starts to leak, there is a possibility that it will contaminate the soil and water in your property. Likewise, it can lead to accidents, cause damage to property, and affect the quality of indoor air. If you don’t know how to do the inspection on your own, it is best to call a service technician.

heating oil spillHow to Deal with a Leak or an Oil Spill

Once fuel oil starts leaking from your storage tank or any of the pipes, the first thing you need to do is contact your service technician. It is recommended that you only talk to a qualified oil technician. In case there is a possibility of starting a fire, you need to also call your local fire department immediately. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to make sure that leaking oil is contained within your property. As much as possible you will need to keep oil from entering the floor drains or the sump pump areas. But don’t try to fix or address the problem on your own. Keeping the spill or leak contained is never a do-it-yourself type of job. You should call the experts for professional help.

Burner Safety Controls for Appliances

You already know by now that your oil burning appliances come with safety controls, the purpose of which is to give you more protection. These controls are usually designed to shut off the burner once it detects that there is something wrong, like a leak. Furthermore, the controls are equipped with a reset button used for resetting the appliance when the burner has shut off.

Cleaning and Maintenance of your Appliance


Both your appliance manufacturer and your service technician will recommend that you have your oil burning appliances and your storage tank maintained at least once every year. The annual cleaning as well as tune-up of your system must also include figuring out that all safety controls are actually working. Always put in mind that regular maintenance of your system is a huge investment that will eventually save you money and ensure your safety in the long run.