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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: February 11, 2009
CONTACT:  Jim Martin (603) 271-3710
Jack Chwasciak (603) 271-3577

Weather-Related Public Service Announcement
"Snow & Ice Can Damage Fuel Storage Tanks"

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is reminding residents that snow and ice can damage outdoor heating oil/propane/natural gas tanks, and the piping connecting the tank to the building.

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.

  • 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.

For more information, contact DES at 271-3577, or your own fuel dealer.

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