8 Septic System Safety Tips
A Homeowner's Guide to Septic Safety
It is essential that every septic system owner be safe around the system, especially the septic tank opening. Westfall Septic wants to make sure you and your loved ones know the safety precautions to take with your septic system. We highly recommend following the septic system safety tips below.
Use a sturdy septic lid and mark off it's location
Your septic tank access port should be covered with a sturdy lid. To keep children safe this cover should not be easily removed. If you are unsure of the placement of your septic system we can help you locate each part of your system and provide you with an as-built for future reference. We would be glad to help you schedule an inspection to locate your system.
Don’t lean over the tank opening
Avoid leaning over the opening of a septic tank. The gases could be knock you out and you could fall in, which could be fatal.
Don’t ignite flames
Methane gas, which is produced by the contents of the tank, is explosive. Keep brush fires and even lit cigarettes away from the tank.
Be alert to shock and electrical wire hazards
When digging outside make sure to watch out for buried electrical or mechanical lines. Breaking through these lines around a septic system can be very dangerous.
Don't enter or retrieve someone from a tank
Never enter a tank unless you are specifically trained and wearing special equipment that includes a self-contained breathing apparatus. If someone falls into a tank, do not go in after the person unless you are equipped with a self-contained breathing apparatus. Instead, call emergency services and place fans around the top of the tank opening to blow in fresh air.
Never work alone
As leaning over and falling in can be fatal, it is highly suggested you never work alone in case you are overcome by the dangerous gases produced by the contents of the tank.
Watch out for unsanitary conditions
If you are working around a septic system be alert to open cuts and make sure to properly wash after working on a system. Septic systems can contain serious viral and bacterial hazards. Always ask for professional assistance to keep you and your family safe.
Don’t drive over
Heavy machinery over a system can compress the ground and put too much stress on the system. Repairs to broken pipes or stressed systems can be costly.
If you have questions about your septic system and the safety measures you should take please don’t hesitate to contact us. Making sure you take all the right precautions is key to keeping your family safe and your septic system working correctly.