Oil Tanks

Oil Tank information

Fire Protection.

It is unlikely that an oil tank will ever combust without some thing else causing the fire, The Neighbours fence where they could catch it alight with a barbecue for example.

Oil Storage system and base with fire protection

So we have to protect the oil tank from any combustible materials and the safe distances are below.

Oil Tanks should be sited:-

  • 1.8m away from non-fire rated eaves of a building;
  • 1.8m away from a non-fire rated building or structure (e.g. garden sheds);
  • 1.8m away from openings (such as doors or windows) in a fire rated building or structure (e.g. brick built house/ garage);
  • 1.8m away from oil fired appliance flue terminals;
  • 760mm away from a non-fire rated boundary such as a wooden boundary fence;
  • 600mm away from screening (e.g. trellis and foliage) that does not form part of the boundary.
  • 100mm minimum if near a fire rated structure for inspection and expansion.

 Please see the link below for the current Oftec fitting guide.

OFTEC oil installation guide 

Two tank installations

The left one isn’t to current regs, Right tank is a new installation and installed to the current regulations.

Both houses tanks are not fitted so they can’t be inspected, Or fire regulations.