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February 18, 2011
For immediate release

Homeowners advised to check outdoor home heat tanks

Environment, Energy & Forestry

The Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry is advising homeowners to check their outdoor home heat tanks to prevent damage that could occur from falling snow and icicles accumulating on roofs and on eavestroughs.

A build up of snow and ice can snap lines and filters causing an oil spill which threatens the environment and can be costly for homeowners. Even a small amount of oil can contaminate groundwater and soil. A leak from an outside home heating tank or line can enter your home and emit petroleum vapours inside. Depending on the amount of oil lost, oil spills can be disruptive and expensive to clean up.

Here are some suggestions to ensure the safety of your home heat tank system during the winter season:

Very carefully shovel snow around your tank, being careful not to damage the tank, lines, fittings and piping.

Ensure fill and vent pipes are clear of snow and ice.

Keep lines and filters clear of snow and ice and ensure they are properly protected from heavy snow and falling ice.

Visually inspect your tank on a routine basis. Look for signs of any leaks, rust, dents or staining.

Ensure that the tank is safely accessible to your oil delivery person. Slips and falls can result in oil spills too.

If you have any concerns about the safety of your home heat tank, please contact a licensed home heat tank installer to examine the system for you. The department can provide a list of licensed home heat tank installers.

For more information contact the Department of Environment, Energy and Forestry at 368-5042 or by email at

Media Contact: Kim Devine
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