What is the best oil tank location for oil storage tanks? Maybe your replacing an old, damaged tank or installing a new one. I think we can all agree that domestic oil tanks that are used to store heating oil are pretty unsightly. It is common practice for the majority of householders to place their oil tank out of sight. Common oil tank locations are behind a garage, shed, in the corner of the garden, next to a boundary fence or wall.
Table of Contents
- Why is Oil tank Placement Important?
- Best Oil Tank location?
- Oil Tank Base Regulations
- Do Oil Tanks Need to Be Higher Than The Boiler?
- Oil Tank Disposal Companies
Why is Oil Tank Placement Important?
Kerosene heating oil is extremely toxic to plants, animals and humans. As of January 2021 oil tank regulations changed, domestic oil tanks are considered a hazardous waste which must be controlled. This change effects every householder across Northern Ireland who stores heating oil to heat their home. Why? home insurance, your policy may be invalid if you do not safely store heating oil on your property.
Oil spills caused by leaking oil tanks cause significant environmental pollution. According to Aviva insurance, Northern Ireland accounted for around a third of incidents since 2017 in the UK. Homeowners should check with their home insurance provider, to ensure that they are covered in the event of an oil leak.
Best Oil Tank Location
Before determining the best location for your oil tank, you first need to be aware of the guidelines set by the Oil Firing Technical Association, (OFTEC).
Oil storage tanks due to the risk of fire should never be placed directly beside a building or boundary fence. You should allow a distance of:
- 760mm from a non-fire rated boundary, such as a wooden fence
- 600mm from a boundary hedge or shrubbery
- 1800mm (1.8m) away from doors, windows of a garage or house
- 1800mm (1.8m) away from the eaves of a building or garden sheds
The maximum amount of heating oil a domestic tank may hold is 3500 litres. Oil tanks that hold 2500 litres or above, must contain a secondary holding tank referred to as a bunded oil tank.