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Handling Above Ground Fuel Tanks Safely

In industrial businesses and farms, the use of above the ground fuel tanks is a popular choice due to its ease of installation, maintenance benefits, and initial cost. Such type of tank is considered to be a safer alternative to underground tanks. This is because it has lesser risk for contamination which can result from corrosion or leakage. At the same time, it provides easier access, filling, access, and dispensing with environmental impacts that are minimal.

But, as risk is present anywhere, so is the case when it comes to handling a fuel tank. Risks and dangers are prone to happen if the tank is poorly maintained or when petrol products are not handled safely. Corrosion is likely to happen if early signs of cracks and rust are not immediately addressed. Petrol products may leak and create damage if proper dispensing and filling are not followed. Below are some tips on how you can properly maintain your fuel storage facility in order to prevent damage to workers, environment, and property.


Investigate the Design

Before you decide on purchasing fuel tanks, you need to make sure first that the materials, design, and construction of the tank is compatible with the kind of material that you will be storing. You also need to check that it is compatible with the conditions of storage like the temperature of amount of pressure.

The kind of fuel tank that you will be buying needs to constructed and designed in compliance with the set standards and regulations in the industry. To make sure that you will be getting a high-quality tank, you can buy from a reputable manufacturer who have been in the business of storage tanks for a long time.


Ensure Support Stability

Upon installation, make sure that the tank’s support or stand is stable. Its support structure needs to be set-up on a solid and level foundation that is capable of supporting the entire weight of the tank, as well as the liquid it stores inside. In addition, make sure that your tank is properly attached to the stand so it won’t fall over and stay upright in spite of all weather conditions.

The structure’s support should also be reinforced by adding bracing to stand. You can consult your supplier if you want to add bracing and other fittings in order to strengthen its support structure.


Install them Away from Ignition Sources

When installing the storage tank, be sure that the site is free of any ignition sources like electrical appliances, naked flames, static electricity, and running engines. This is done to avoid fire and combustion in case the ignition come in contact with any flammable liquid. Warning signs like No Naked Flames or No Smoking should be put in place and all personnel should be advised to comply.


Only Trained Personnel Should Handle Fuel Storage

Personnel who are handling petrol products and fuel storage facility need to have the right training, experience, and knowledge on working with combustible liquids and tanks. They should also be trained on the safe use of the storage facility, as well as it potential hazards. They need to know what they should do in case of emergency situations such as leakage, fire, and damage from being in contact with hazardous chemicals.

Knowing how to handle storage tanks properly with the right people greatly contributes to the safety and order of any industry.


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