While gas cylinders are utilized by many operations across various industries, it is vital to ensure that they are safely stored and protected. For example, if you store propane cylinders for your forklift, these cylinders must be stored in a safe location to minimize the risk of explosion or other hazards. As a leading provider of gas cylinder cabinets for various industries, Unitran Manufacturers knows how hazardous gas cylinders of all sizes can be if proper precautions are not taken. That is why we have compiled a list of 3 tips for safe gas cylinder storage to help you keep your facility and personnel safe.
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To minimize the hazards associated with gas cylinders, keep the following tips in mind:
When it comes to safe gas cylinder storage, it is crucial to choose a cabinet that has been constructed to meet or exceed CSA International B149-2-0 Propane Storage and Handling standards. This means that each cylinder should be stored in a cabinet that is fire resistant and durable while allowing for adequate ventilation. For example, it is better to choose a cabinet that features heavy-duty wire mesh doors and walls instead of a cabinet with solid walls. While cabinets with solid walls may look like the safer and more durable option, the reality is that they can cause cylinders to heat up over time and increase the risk of explosion. By choosing a wire mesh cabinet, you will ensure that the storage temperature never exceeds 52°C, keeping your cylinders safe. In addition to wire mesh, it is also worth looking for additional features like anchors, padlock hatches, and straps as these will further increase stability and safety for each cylinder.
Different types of compressed gas feature different hazards. That is why workers must be aware of the contents of each cylinder before storing them. For example, storing an oxygen container next to a flammable gas cylinder can significantly increase the risk of fire and explosion. By knowing the contents of these cylinders, workers can ensure that they are stored in separate cabinets that are at least 20 ft apart, minimizing the risk of potential hazards while keeping the facility properly organized.
Regardless of the contents, every gas cylinder must be stored upright and supported with straps, chains, or other devices to minimize the risk of them falling over. If a cylinder falls over or is allowed to lay flat for an extended period, this will substantially increase the risk of explosion, cylinder malfunction, broken seals, defective valves, and other issues.
To learn more about gas cylinder storage cabinets and other equipment solutions, get in touch with the team at Unitran Manufacturers. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to help you find the perfect solution for your facility.