People who use oil-fired central heating are being warned to check their tanks.
The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) says that at least one in three tanks is more than 20 years old and should be replaced. Tanks that are past their maximum life expectancy can be prone to leaking which can be bad news for both the householder and the environment.
Malcolm Farrow of OFTEC said: ‘It’s very easy to forget about your oil tank tucked away in the garden when you’re not using your central heating, but the summer months are a crucial time to think check it’s in good condition.’
Residents should ensure their insurance covers spills.