Tank Safety Requirements

Heating Oil Tank Safety

The diagram below indicates where and what to look for to complete a visual safety inspection of your oil tank.



  • Vent pipe: There is a black iron vent pipe, and it is not clogged with snow or other debris.
  • Fill pipe: The fill pipe is connected to the tank and there are no signs of leakage.
  • Tank surface: The surface is free from rust, oil “weeps”, wet spots or excessive dents.
  • Tank legs: Legs are stable and are on an even foundation.
  • Beneath the tank: There are no leaks or signs of leaks under the tank.
  • Oil filter: There are no leaks or signs of leaks under or around the oil filter.
  • Oil lines: Lines are connected to the tank and the burner, and run above the concrete and are encased in protective tubing.
  • Tank gauge: There is a working gauge.
  • Age of tank: Your tank is less than 25 years old.

If you answered no to any of these statements or are just unsure, please request a free tank inspection.