Bioheat® Fuel safety

Bioheat® Fuel Safety

Oilheat keeps you safe at home

Many families throughout the Hudson Valley region rely on oilheat to keep their homes warm. And they can do this with confidence, knowing that heating oil has always been a remarkably safe fuel.

That doesn’t mean that some myths about Bioheat® Fuel safety still do not exist.

Let’s start with flammability. Bioheat® Fuel is biodegradable, nontoxic and nonflammable. It cannot burn in its liquid state. Before combustion can occur, Bioheat® Fuel must first be vaporized by an oil burner at temperatures above 140°.

That’s why the oil in your tank is as likely to explode as the water in your backyard swimming pool. It’s that safe!

Secure and safe supply with your oil tank

With an oil tank on your property, you can always count on having a secure, on-site supply at your home. Bioheat® Fuel is easily transported and handled by highly trained professionals using equipment and techniques that keep safety at the forefront.

Modern Bioheat® Fuel storage tanks have been designed to be virtually leak-proof. Whether your storage tank is located in your basement or outside your home, the tanks being installed today are designed with corrosion-resistant materials. Read more about storage tanks.

Low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

An oilheating system poses a very low risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. If an oil burner malfunctions (most often due to a lack of maintenance), the safety devices in the unit will typically shut the furnace or boiler off.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that Bioheat® Fuel consumers shouldn’t have working carbon monoxide detectors inside their homes, especially near all bedrooms. Besides a malfunctioning boiler or furnace, there are many other sources for carbon monoxide leaks, including:

  • operating unvented appliances for long periods of time
  • backdrafts caused by pressure imbalances near the heating system
  • leaving a vehicle idling in an attached garage
  • running a gasoline-powered generator in a basement or attached garage
  • a blocked flue

Make sure you check your carbon monoxide (and smoke) detectors regularly to confirm they operate properly!

Bioheat® Fuel is the best and safest way to heat your Hudson Valley home! If you have any safety concerns or questions, please reach out to your local heating oil company.