The last thing you want to do when you come back from a relaxing holiday is to deal with problems with your oil tank.
The oil in your tank is valuable and you should consider taking appropriate security measures to prevent theft, or unauthorised use. You can safeguard your heating oil by taking the following precautions:
- Making sure the oil gauge is secured correctly to the tank
- Install a smart meter to monitor usage of your heating oil. Our smart meters have an alarm facility incorporated within the device. When the meter detects any unusual drop in oil levels it will automatically send you a text and email if required.
- If your tank has a lid design, consider fitting suitable locks and/or lockable valves where necessary and then ensure that they are used. This may be a legal requirement for some tanks. Your tank installation engineer or fuel delivery company will be able to advise you.
- If of a vent and fill type, you can buy a special lockable cap
- Don’t forget to provide the keys/combinations for these devices to the delivery company when a delivery is expected and you may not be present.
- If the need arises to replace your tank, consider where you position the tank and make more secure. But remember to leave clear access for the fuel distributor at the fill point and the gauge can be seen.
- You MUST never lock or block the tank vent/ breather, as this will cause the tank to split and cause further damage.
- Security lights can have a very positive effect and make any property a much harder target for the thief. It’s not always necessary to floodlight the area with high power beams, as a more subtle level of lighting may be all that is needed. Low energy “dusk till’ dawn lights positioned close to the tank should, in most cases, provide sufficient light to illuminate any suspicious activity. This type of light can be both effective and inexpensive. High powered lights can be used but care should be taken not to cause any nuisance to neighbours or road users.