What You Need to Know About Oil Heating and Oil Tanks
It is critical for a home buyer contemplating the purchase of a home with oil heating that they have a clear understanding of their responsibilities and liabilities under laws that have been implemented to protect our environment.
It is also important to note that Mortgage Companies may not advance Mortgage funds and Insurance Companies may decline Insurance Coverage if the property does not meet the new regulations.
The Ministry of Consumer and Business Services recently amended Ontario’s Technical Standards and Safety Act (TSSA) to include new regulations with regard to fuel oil.
One component of the new regulations involves basic and comprehensive inspections of your heating system by a certified professional Oil Burner Technician (OBT).
Since May 2007 all fuel oil customers must have a comprehensive inspection of the heating and delivery system by a certified Oil Burner Technician (OBT) and this inspection is required at least every 10 years.
When your tank is examined during the course of an inspection, your fuel oil dealer will
be looking at certain criteria.
Some examples are:
Some of the areas covered by the visual inspection are checking that the fill cap is secure, that the fill and vent are piped outside and that the overfill whistle works when the tank is
Some of the new regulations are also specific to underground (buried) fuel oil storage tanks and their related devices. In December 2001, fuel oil distributors were required to provide TSSA with a list of all known underground storage tank (UST) installations. The list was intended to help TSSA in notifying tank owners of the registration and equipment
upgrade requirements for USTs.
IMPORTANT: As a safety precaution, TSSA requires that fuel delivery be terminated to homeowners who don’t register their tanks. This does not apply to tanks that are not buried.
For more regulations, please contact your fuel oil dealer. You may also contact
TSSA at 1-877-682-8772, visit their Web site at www.tssa.org or fax them toll-free at 1-888-417-1371.
TSSA (Technical Standards and Safety Act) is a risk-based, prevention oriented organization that provides a variety of safety services, including public education; training and certification; engineering design review; and inspection activities Indoors vs. Outdoors Fuel Oil Tank
Investigation/Prosecution – TSSA Investigates incidents, issue directives and
prosecute individuals or companies who have been charged with contravening
Ontario’s Technical Standards and Safety Act and its associated Regulations.
Environmental Services – TSSA ensures that environmental impacts from petroleum storage are properly remediated.
Improper storage and handling of fuel in above and underground storage
tanks can result in potential environmental impact. In Ontario, it’s TSSA’s job to
ensure that environmental impacts from petroleum storage are properly
addressed. In addition, we have new regulatory programs that promote a healthier environment.
We can’t recommend enough that if you have the available room to install the tank indoors, it’s by far the best place for it. Why?
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