Oceans suffer a lot from devastating spills. Hundreds of millions of gallons of oil end up in the seas every year. Only about 5 percent of oil pollution in the oceans is due to major tanker accidents. Every year oily road runoff from a city of 5 million could contain as much oil as one large tanker spill. Air pollution, mainly from cars and industry, places hundreds of tons hydrocarbons into the oceans each year.
In your home, check your pipes, supply lines, and oil tank for any signs of corrosion or over-pressurization. If anything is damaged, be sure to replace it. If you have a heating system, make sure you have an oil safety valve. If you do not have one, it is time to install one. This automatically turns off the oil supply in the event that the line breaks. It is a smart feature for everyone to have in their homes if they have a heating system.