Cato Heating Oil: Customer Safety Information

Safety . . . Your Family's #1 Consideration.

As we enter into the cold winter month, you have many things to prepare your family for. Cold and Flu season. Rain boots. Traffic jams. One thing you don't have to worry about is the safety of your home heating system.

If you are a call in customer, we recommend that you do not let your tank get lower than 12" of fuel.
Don't wait until cold weather before arranging for service.
Annually get a professional tune-up to increase the efficiency and cleanliness of your heating system.
Occasionally add a hot-oil treatment to your delivery to help keep the flames burning cleaner.
Your oil heat system protects you from dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in the home. Due to the efficient operation of your heating equipment, the National Fire Protection Agency does not list oil heat as a cause of carbon monoxide poisoning.
You're safe from explosion. The fuel you use in your heating system won't combine with air to make an explosive mixture.
Heating oil won't burn as it sits. It must be heated above 140 degrees and placed into a compressed environment before it will ignite into a free-burning flame.
There is peace of mind in knowing your heating oil is safe for your family, so you can focus on other things.


Some basic facts about oil heat, safety and the environment:

According to a report by the National Fire Protection Association, oil heat equipment caused the least amount of deaths of all heating fuels. Oil can't explode. Before it can even burn, it must first be turned into a fine particle mist and then ignited.
While some have characterized oil as being "dirty". In fact heating oil is clean, contains no carcinogens, and is biodegradable. Reports that depict oil heating as an environmental hazard are unjustified.
A properly maintained residential oil tank can last for decades and do not present a threat to human health or the environment. Oil heat has the least environmental impact of any type of space heating and hot water fuel, attributable to it's high efficiency and clean burning. Natural gas and propane are similarly benign, while electric, coal and wood heat are far more detrimental to air quality.
Home oil heat equipment is so efficient, and emissions are so negligible, they are not even regulated by the federal Clean Air Act, unlike other petroleum products.
Oil poses one of the least risks of carbon monoxide poisoning to your family.