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4 Safety Tips While Using a Fuel Storage Tank

Above Ground fuel tank holding diesel fuelOwing to the high flammability of fuel, most people think that storing it in a tank is unsafe. The reality, however, is that fuel storage tanks have increasingly become more reliable due to the advancements in fabrication, inspection, and maintenance.

By reading these smart tips, you may prevent anything from interfering with the safety of your tank and that of your personnel:

Ensure the support structure is strong enough

For an aboveground storage tank, it’s best to note that the support structure is as strong as possible. This is one of the things that an API 653 tank inspection specialist will examine before they can approve of you using the said storage tank. To meet the required standards, you’ll need to make sure that the support structure is built on a strong foundation.

Don’t use the tank to store other substances

All aboveground and underground storage tanks are designed to meet specific storage needs. Based on the design and size, there are tanks that are best suited for storing diesel and not any other chemical substances. Have an expert check your tank to know whether it is the ideal one for your storage needs.

Trust the pros with installation and maintenance

Regardless of the type and size of your storage tank, never let anyone who does not have the expertise do some work in the fabrication or management of the tank. Sure, the tank may have reasonably reliable built-in safety features, but these features only work when handled with the necessary caution.

Keep ignition sources away

As fuel is extremely flammable, keep any potential ignition sources as far away as possible. Don’t locate your storage tank near static electricity, naked flames, or running engines.

A good quality storage tank can go a long way in ensuring the safety of both the oil and the people that handle it. Still, it is your responsibility to make sure that you don’t do anything that could compromise that safety.