Tanks again

An article published in the Oil Installer last year discussed key installation details concerning fuel storage tanks. This article serves as a reminder about the classifications of buildings when installing liquid fuel storage tanks in respect of fire protection.

Installation of fuel storage tanks

Several important points should be considered when installing a fuel storage tank. These are firstly to determine the fire protection required, secondly whether the tank is to be installed at a domestic or non-domestic premises and also to consider storage volume of fuel.

You should be aware that a tank serving a dwelling with a capacity of no greater than 3500 litres is permitted for domestic installations. However, this changes if the tank capacity exceeds 3500 litres, as the installation would then be classed as non-domestic where more onerous fire protection requirements apply. Planning permission may also be needed and therefore checks have to be made with the local authority . . .

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