A NEW campaign has been launched calling on Hampshire’s estimated 21,000 rural householders who use oil central heating to check their storage tanks during the summer.

OFTEC, which represents the oil heating industry, has joined forces with the Environment Agency and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers to launch the tank safe campaign.

It is estimated that at least one in three tanks are over 20 years old and could be prone to leaking – which can be bad news for both the householder and the environment.

Malcolm Farrow, of OFTEC, said: “It’s very easy to forget about your oil tank tucked away in the garden when you’re not using your central heating, but the summer months are a crucial time to think about your tank and check it’s in good condition.”