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What to do in an emergency

In the first instance, and where it is safe, try to stop the oil flow. Proprietary leak putty can be used as temporary repair on a metal tank and a bar of soap rubbed across a split in plastic tank can provide a temporary seal.

  • Use sand/earth to contain the oil and prevent it from entering drains or watercourses. Please also note that you should never use detergents or a hosepipe to wash away spilt oil.
  • Call the Environment Agency/SEPA 24-hour emergency pollution hotline on 0800 807060.
  •  Notify your Insurance Company as soon as possible.
You can also find out more about dealing with spills at:
and on the UK Spill Association website: