Keeping your bulk tank installation safe
Bulk Tank Safety Advice
Keeping your installation tidy
The area surrounding the vessel needs to be kept clear from a source of ignition – including cars and other vehicles, as well as weeds, long grass, foliage, and combustible materials.
We go into further detail below, but these diagrams also show a standard domestic installation. Other tank sizes have different distances:
150 to 500 litres = 2.5 metres
500 to 2,400 litres = 3 metres
2,400 to 9,000 litres = 7.5 metres
It’s also important to ensure that the shroud of your underground tank is kept free of debris – such as mud, water or even insect nests to ensure your deliveries keep flo-ing!
‘Hit & Miss’ style fencing
Up to 4 sides of the tank/installation.
This fencing must not obstruct more than 50% of the natural ventilation through the screen and there must be at least 2 equivalently ventilated means of exit. Any gates must open outwards, be easily openable from inside and not self-locking.
Closed panel style fencing
Up to 2 sides of the tank/installation.
For any fencing where more than 50% of the natural ventilation is obstructed through the screened part, the remaining sides must be left clear for ventilation and delivery access.
Fire Precautions for your tank
It’s essential to have some level of fire precaution – the below table outlines the recommendation for your tank installation.
Protecting your installation from vehicle damage
The driving or parking of vehicles near, and for underground installations parking on top of, your LPG tank(s) can pose a significant risk from sources of ignition and impact risk.
The separation distances for parked cars varies dependent on the size of your installation and whether vehicles are under your control or not – for example cars parked in public carparks.
|Installation||Vehicles under control of site occupier||Vehicles NOT under the control of site occupier|
|Up to 0.8 tonnes |
|0.8 to 3.5 tonnes||3m||3m|
|3.5 to 12.5 tonnes||6m||7.5m|
|Above 12.5 tonnes||Seek further advice from Flogas||Seek further advice from Flogas|
In addition, you should prevent the risk of any impact from vehicles. This may be in the form of bollards or crash barriers, which must be suitable to prevent a vehicle hitting any part of your tank or installation. We advise that you seek the advice of a professional protection supplier. A compound fence on it’s own is not considered to provide suitable protection from vehicle impact.
You must also prevent vehicles from driving or parking on the area above an underground tank, by means of suitable kerbs, bollards or barriers.