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HPA issues oil leak guidance

2010-09-17 16:27:08

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has issued guidance for oil boiler and tank owners to help them avoid a leak and inform them what to do if they do discover a leak.

Chemical experts at the Agency have put together the guidance, which inclues a new ‘action card’ which carried details of who to contact and what to do if people spot a leak.

Henrietta Harrison, who works at HPA’s Centre for Radiation, Chemicals and Environmental Hazards as a Environmental Public Health Scientist explained, "The important thing to remember is that in the majority of cases those living in the properties will taste the fuel in the water or smell the fumes before their health is put at significant risk."

She adds that ensuring boilers and tanks are well maintained is the most important factor in preventing a leak from occurring in the first place.

Signing up a boiler maintenance scheme with Team Energy can help save money, as it makes sure your system is running efficiently, but can also protect against leaks, which can be costly, dangerous and a risk to public health and the environment.

The Watchman Alarm system for oil tanks is also a useful investment as it sounds an alarm when the oil level in a tank falls suddenly, which can indicate a leak. These are available to buy from local oil distributers, including Emo Oil and CPL Petroleum.