Rural home owners using oil-fired central heating are being warned about a potential problem caused by extreme weather conditions.
Central heating oil tanks may be at risk of becoming buoyant in floodwater and floating away, leaking oil and causing pollution.
High winds can also dislodge a tank and break the supply line. Free-standing plastic tanks with a low level of oil are most at risk.
Any oil tanks in areas prone to flooding should be secured firmly to their base by strapping.
Malcolm Farrow from the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) said: “In light of current flooding and high winds we want to remind people to think about securing their oil tanks.”
“An oil leak is bad news for the environment, and is quite literally money down the drain. If you think your tank might be at risk to call a qualified technician for advice on how best to secure it.”