Anyone in the industry will tell you that top-quality fuel storage safety is absolutely basic. Some of the worst fuel fires in history have been caused by a combination of sloppy handling, procedural errors, and bad planning in siting fuel storage tanks. The results have been unbelievably expensive damage caused by fire, and in some cases, loss of life.
• Best practice fuel storage starts with purchasing your actual fuel storage tanks. The normal suspects in many safety incidents are old fuel tanks, or tanks with defective access points. If you have an old fuel tank, over 10 years old, you need to check its condition.
• Another, not well understood, issue with fuel storage is blast. If even a relatively small fuel tank explodes, the effect is exactly like a heavy bomb. Blast can do enormous amounts of damage, including damage to other storage facilities, doing more damage as well as spreading fires. Best practice is to ensure that fuel storage is well away from high traffic areas and other flammable materials. Some people even suggest use of retaining walls and solid barriers between fuel tanks and other areas to minimize blast effects.
• Fuel tank accessories and fittings are also typically involved in fuel storage accidents. The sheer amount of wear and tear that these accessories take over time is a major factor. Best practice is to replace old fittings, and keep a close eye on the condition of older accessories.
• Fuel tank storage quality is another issue. It is strongly advised to use only top quality storage system for highly flammable liquids. In the old days, is about anything and everything was used for fuel storage. These days, the bottom line is quality, both for safety and efficiency reasons. Substandard fuel tank should be retired, preferably as soon as possible.
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