OFTEC, the organisation that represents the liquid fuel heating industry in Northern Ireland, has issued advice to householders following an oil tank fire on Saturday 13th April that caused damage to two houses in Newtownabbey, County Antrim.
With over 500,000 (68%) of households in Northern Ireland using oil as their main heating source, OFTEC is reminding homeowners to give fire safety serious consideration when installing or replacing their oil tank.
Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) is currently investigating the fire that is believed to have started at a recycling bin to the rear of the houses. It is believed that this was set alight before spreading to two oil tanks and the homes.
David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manager said: "Oil is a very safe fuel if stored correctly. The best way to protect yourself, your home and others is to make sure your oil tank and any other fuel burning appliances are inspected and serviced by an OFTEC registered technician annually to check for leaks, damage or defects."
An annual tank check will give the homeowner specific advice on the condition of their oil tank and if any further measures are recommended in terms of fire safety".
For more information and advice, visit www.oftec.org