The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services issued a public service announcement reminding residents that snow and ice can damage outdoor heating oil/propane/natural gas tanks, and the piping connecting the tank to the building.
The department said damage to tanks, filters, and associated piping can result in gas leaks and heating oil spills. Gas leaks are an explosion/fire hazard, and costly heating oil spills must be cleaned up to protect property and the environment.
The Department of Environmental Services offered the following advice for residents:
• Snow and ice that has accumulated around tanks, filters, and piping should be carefully removed for accessibility and safety.
• Snow and ice damage can be avoided and prevented by removing it from roofs and overhanging eaves where tanks are located below.
• When removing snow and ice from roofs, care should be taken to avoid dropping it onto tanks, filters, piping.
• Temporary and permanent covers can be used to protect tanks and piping from snow and ice damage. Galvanized steel filter protectors may be available at no cost to homeowners from fuel oil dealers.
Source: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
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