Diesel Fuel Tank Safety Requirements

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Diesel Fuel Tank Safety Requirements
Diesel fuel tanks come in many sizes, but the safety requirements for each remain the same. (diesel storage tank image by Jim Parkin from Fotolia.com)

Diesel fuel tanks are large in size, and capable of holding many gallons of the powerful fuel. Because of the large amount of combustible material in one place, there are a few key things anyone with a diesel fuel tank should do to make sure their property is safe from any potential catastrophe.

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Overheating

Any diesel fuel tank should never be exposed to overheating. In areas where temperatures exceed 37.8 degrees Celsius, special consideration should be taken to protect a diesel tank. Diesel tanks can stand temperatures up to around 71.1 degrees Celsius without much trouble, but it never hurts to be cautious. Because metal absorbs heat, the actual tank could be much hotter than the outside temperature. If the tank is in an area where it will be exposed to prolonged sunlight or heat, the tank should be inside a structure or underneath some kind of shade.

Damage to the Tank

Any physical trauma the tank may endure is a hazard to the tank itself, as well as the area surrounding the tank. Puncturing the tank can be a disaster for several reasons. If the tank is punctured, it can simply cause a hole, leaking fuel everywhere which can damage the land around the diesel fuel tank. Alternatively, if the tank is punctured and is near or hooked up to a power source, it can cause an explosion that could cause harm or even death to individuals around, not to mention the damage it will cause to nearby buildings and other structures in the area. Protect the fuel tank from all of this, possibly by fencing it off or placing signs directly stating the danger of damaging the fuel tank. It is also a good idea to keep children away from the fuel tank, just in case.

Hardware Maintenance

It is always a good idea to replace and keep the hardware of your fuel tank up to date. This includes the valves and any spigots on the tank. If a valve bursts due to rusting or weakening over time, it can cause leaking both onto the ground and into the air, causing a serious fire hazard. If spigots go bad, more leakage can occur. If a spigot is damaged or not functioning properly, it can be discharged at an inconsistent pace which can cause a mess. Make sure you replace these pieces of hardware every one to four years of active use.

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