Retrofit Improvements: Fuel Tank Anchoring

An unanchored LP gas, propane, or fuel oil tank can become a significant physical and environmental hazard during a flood or earthquake. If left unanchored, the fuel tank outside of your house can be swept away from its base by flood waters and crash into the walls of your home. Much worse, it could be carried downstream and cause serious damage to neighboring properties. Similarly, if an unanchored fuel tank in your basement is moved by flood waters or seismic activity, the supply line can detach and contaminate your home with oil or present a fire hazard. Buried fuel tanks are also at risk and should be anchored to resist the buoyancy effects of saturated soil. Tying down a fuel tank is fairly simple and can be achieved using just a few straps and anchors.

Retrofit – Fuel Tank Anchoring
(1 Mb)