STORING COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDERS
MISHANDLING COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDERS WHICH CAN HAVE INTERNAL PRESSURE OF UP TO 2,500 POUNDS PER SQUARE INCH, CAN BE DISASTROUS. DROPPING, TIPPING OVER OR EXPOSING A CYLINDER TO HEAT CAN CAUSE WEAKNESS OR CRACKS IN THE CYLINDER’S WALL. THIS CAN RESULT IN A SHRAPNEL-LADEN EXPLOSION.
WHEN STORING COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDERS, FOLLOW THESE TIPS.
- Secure cylinders upright with a chain or strap in a proper cylinder cart.
- Store cylinders at least 20 feet from combustible materials in a dry, ventilated place.
- Keep oxygen cylinders at least 20 feet from fuel gas cylinders.
- Ensure valves are completely closed and any protection devices are secured.
- Avoid storing cylinders in lockers – a leak could result in a dangerous gas buildup.
- Use proper warning signs in areas where cylinders are stored.
- Keep cylinders in a location free from vehicle traffic, excessive heat and electrical circuits.
- Keep empty cylinders away from full ones.