Above ground silvan fuel tanks are common among farms and industrial companies for its cost, ease of installation, as well as its maintenance benefits. These tanks are basically safer compared to underground fuel tanks because there is lower risk of contamination due to corrosion or leakage. These tanks are also easy to access for inspection, filling, and dispensing. Above ground tanks also promotes minimal to zero impact on the environment.
However, no matter how careful we are, probable risks can still exist if there is no proper maintenance of the fuel tank or if the oil products are not handled safely. Possible corrosion is still a risk if early signs of rust and cracks in the tank are not dealt with immediately. Leakage that can cause unimaginable damages can still happen, if one does not follow and implement filling and dispensing protocols.
Here are some safety tips in using an above ground fuel tank to prevent damage to people, property, and the environment:
Check the fuel tank design thoroughly
Before you buy an above ground fuel tank, check its design and material. Make sure it is compatible with the substance you will store as well as the conditions of the storage like the amount of pressure or temperature. The design and construction of the fuel tank must comply with the standards and regulations. Buy a tank from a reputable manufacturer with years of experiences in providing Silvan fuel tanks.
Ensure that the support structure is stable enough
Upon installation of the fuel tank, ensure the stability of the stand or support structure. It must be set-up on a solid, level ground that can support the total weight of the tank including the substance it stores. You must attach the tank properly to its stand to prevent it from falling over and so it will remain upright in all weather conditions.
You can add bracing to the legs of the support structure to reinforce its durability. Consult your tank supplier to do the bracing and other fittings that could strengthen the support structure of the tank.
Only trained personnel must handle the work
All personnel assigned to handle the fuel storage facility and oil products must have sufficient training, knowledge, and experience of the job. Training must include the safe use of the fuel tank, the hazardous substances, and the potential dangers. The personnel must also know what to do during emergencies in the work area such as in the cases of fire, accidents, leakage or any damage caused from coming in contact with hazardous material.
When choosing an appropriate site to install the fuel tank, you must think twice about the impact it may have on groundwater and other resources. Always contact or consult to your tank supplier if you have any concerns or questions regarding the fuel tank.