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5 Must-Know Compressed Gas Safety Precautions
Monday, January 25, 2021

Are you worried about the dangers of being around compressed gas cylinders?

On the one hand, you should be a little bit worried about compressed gas cylinder safety. But, on the other hand, there are some easy compressed gas tank safety measures that you can take to keep safe.

In this article, we will take you through the five critical compressed gas safety precautions to take.

1. Store Your Gas Cylinders Appropriately

Even when your gas cylinders are locked away in a storage room, they can still be dangerous. You need to ensure the room itself will not cause any damage to the tanks, which may lead to leakages or explosions.

You need to ensure the tanks are stored well away from flames and other flammable gases. But you should also ensure the room does not get too hot (above 125 degrees).

2. Keep Your Gas Cylinders Dry

If your gas cylinders are exposed to high humidity, there is the possibility that the tanks will begin to oxidize. In other words, they will begin to rust.

When this happens, the tanks may not be able to keep a proper seal on the gases. A leak can lead to gas asphyxiation, or to an explosion.

3. Install a Gas Detector

An essential compressed gas storage safety precaution to have is a gas detector. A gas detector will work to monitor whether any gas particles are in the air.

Often, gas will be leaked steadily over time. So, you want to be notified of rising gas levels before it reaches a point where asphyxiation becomes a real possibility.

You can also do your own gas leak tests for various gases.

4. Handle Your Cylinders Gently

Compressed gas safety training always involves teaching people how to move cylinders without bumping or scraping them. This is because the tanks can become damaged, leading to either immediate or gradual gas leaks.

You should always move cylinders with the help of a trolly or vehicle. Also, make sure the safety valve remains in place until you have moved your cylinders into their final position.

You should also take note of any health symptoms you experience while moving cylinders, as these may indicate a leak.

5. Use Appropriate Safety Equipment

There are many things you can do to prevent a gas leak, but it’s important that you also prepare for a situation in which a gas leak has already occurred. You should ensure that you have appropriate PPE equipment on hand. This may include gloves, goggles, and aprons.

But you should also have emergency equipment such as fire extinguishers, eyewash stations, sprinkler systems, and showers.

Better Safe than Sorry with Compressed Gas Safety

Most of us will never have to deal with a serious health hazard arising from compressed gas cylinders. But compressed gas safety is one of those things that it just pays to be prepared for.

If you ever do have an issue with your compressed gas, the outcomes may involve loss of life, life-altering injury, and destruction of property.

Investing in compressed gas safety equipment is really an easy decision to make, given the possibility for these horrific outcomes.

So, why not have a look at our range of gas detectors as a first step towards ensuring your safety?

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