Many people have concerns about the safety of home heating oil. Is it safe? Is it flammable or explosive? Is it dangerous to store and use. We are thankful to say that home heating oil is extremely safe to use and to store. It is not a danger to you or your family’s safety. Its also not the scary flammable explosive fuel that many people think it is.
Home Heating Oil is a diesel fuel. It is non-flammable, meaning it will not ignite or become inflamed unless under pressure or extreme temperatures thanks to its high flash point.
Its flash point is between 126 and 205 °F. A flash point is the lowest temperature that vapors will ignite at when exposed to an ignition source, like a spark or flame. That means at most temperatures, your heating oil is completely stable, non-flammable and won’t ignite. Sparks could be flying next to heating oil, or even into it and it will not ignite or explode.
This may seem strange since it’s the opposite of gasoline, which has a low flash point causing flammable vapors and is an extreme safety hazard. The good news is heating oil does not and will not be a fire hazard unless extreme temperatures or pressure are introduced.
Heating oil is safe and easy to store. Unlike natural gas, it won’t ignite and cause explosions or endanger the safety of your family.
Other Health Concerns
While heating oil won’t spontaneously explode or catch fire, exposure to it isn’t recommended. Short term exposure can cause coughing, eye or skin irritation, headaches, dizziness and even nausea. If you find yourself exposed to heating oil or have a leak, ventilate the area if possible, go outside into fresh air and seek professional help for a safe resolution.
We recommend checking the condition of your storage tank and equipment throughout the year. By making sure your oil tank and system are leak free, you can eliminate unnecessary exposure and costly cleanups.