Snow & Ice Can Damage Fuel Storage Tanks

By Joe Gullo

Published 02/13 2014 11:30AM

Updated 02/13 2014 11:33AM

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service (NHDES) is warning homeowners and businesses that snow and ice can damage outdoor heating oil, propane, and natural gas tanks. Pipes connecting the tank to the building can also be damaged from snow and ice.

A press release says damage to these tanks can cause gas leaks and heating oil spills. Here are some ways you can limit the risk of tank damage due to snow and ice:
  • Snow and ice that has accumulated around tanks, filters, and piping should be (carefully) removed for accessibility and safety.
  • Snow and ice damage can be avoided and prevented by removing it from roofs and overhanging eaves where tanks are located below.
  • When removing snow and ice from roofs care should be taken to avoid dropping it onto tanks, filters, piping.
  • Temporary and permanent covers can be used to protect tanks and piping from snow and ice damage. Galvanized steel filter protectors may be available at no cost to homeowners from fuel oil dealers.
 For more information, contact NHDES at (603)-271-3577, or your own fuel dealer.

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