Fuel

Farms & Farm Machinery - - Tips&tricks -

• Above-ground fuel stor­age tanks should be po­si­tioned in sight of the home­stead and other stor­age sheds. Tanks should be con­cealed from view from the road, or, al­ter­na­tively, con­sider in­stalling un­der­ground tanks.

• Con­sider in­stalling se­cu­rity light­ing that il­lu­mi­nates the tank(s) and sur­round­ing

area at night, and en­close the site with a se­cu­rity fence/gate that can be locked.

• Your fuel tanks should be dipped daily and a flow me­ter in­stalled to mon­i­tor the fuel us­age.

• The dis­pens­ing sys­tem, in­clud­ing the pump out­lets, noz­zle, hose, and valves

should be locked when not in use.

• The con­trol switch to elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled pumps should be lo­cated in a se­cure build­ing and the elec­tric­ity turned off when not in use. Also con­sider in­stalling an iso­la­tion switch in a hid­den spot to im­mo­bilise the cir­cuit.

• Mo­bile fuel tanks should only be filled when they are in use. Shield the hose and se­cure with a cable lock and case-hard­ened short hasp to re­duce si­phon­ing or van­dal­ism op­por­tu­ni­ties.

• Fuel trail­ers should be parked away from the road­side when left unat­tended in a pad­dock dur­ing sow­ing or har­vest. Trailer wheels should be clamped, and the body chained and pad­locked to a large tree or other firmly an­chored ob­ject.

• Main­tain ac­cu­rate and up-to-date records of fuel us­age and pur­chases, in­clud­ing

quan­ti­ties, de­liv­ery dates and times.

• Tanks, ve­hi­cles and ma­chin­ery should be fit­ted with lock­able fuel caps to de­ter

ac­cess or con­tam­i­na­tion.

• Post warn­ing signs around fuel stor­age ar­eas, and in­stall ap­pro­pri­ate fire

sup­pres­sion equip­ment (such as fire ex­tin­guish­ers).

• Use a rep­utable fuel sup­plier and be present when de­liv­er­ies are made.

• Sus­pected fuel thefts should be re­ported to po­lice.

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