We might have seen various cases of gas cylinder explosions, and when that happens, lives are lost and properties worth millions are destroyed.
However, there are so many Gas Cylinder Danger signs that we need to watch out for when using a cylinder.
Some of these factors are:
Cooking gas cylinders should not exceed five years: most people who use gas cylinders barely remember when they were purchased. It is of utmost importance to keep track of the days and change them as soon as possible.
Do not buy a used gas cylinder.
Beware of expiration dates: The steps to check the expiration date are very simple and basic. The expiration of the LPG cylinder can be found on one of the metal strips that connect the cylinder body to the upper ring (handle).
It is mentioned on the inside of the strip. The range has any of the alphabets A through D, along with a number.
Decoding the expiration date is simple. The alphabet represents the month in which it expires while the number on it indicates the year. A year is normally divided into four quarters:
A – January – March
B – April – June
C – July – September
D – October – December
Let’s take this as an example; your gas cylinder has ‘A 18 painted on the metal strip. The alphabet A represents the month of March and 18 indicates the year 2018.
- Use gas cylinders in an upright position unless specifically designed to be used otherwise.
- Contain cylinders securely to prevent them from falling.
- Always check that the cylinder/gas is the correct one for the initial intended use.
- Before using a gas cylinder, check that the regulator and piping are suitable for the type of gas and pressure in use.
- When necessary, wear suitable safety shoes and other personal protective equipment when handling gas cylinders.
- Do not use gas cylinders for any purpose other than transporting and storing gas.
- Do not drop, roll or drag the gas cylinders.
- Close the cylinder valve and replace the dust caps when supplied when a gas cylinder is not in use.
- Where appropriate, install cylinders with residual pressure valves (check valves) to reduce the risk of water or other materials returning to the cylinder during use that may corrode (for example, beer forced into an empty gas cylinder during cylinder replacement).
- Check that the valve is protected by a cap or collar, or that the valve is designed to withstand impacts if the cylinder falls.
- Store the gas cylinders in a dry and safe place, on a flat surface outdoors. If this is not reasonably practicable, make sure you store in a properly ventilated building.
- Cylinders containing flammable gas must not be stored in part of a building used for other purposes.
- Protect gas cylinders from external sources of heat that could adversely affect their mechanical integrity.
- Gas cylinders must be stored away from sources of ignition and other flammable materials.
- Avoid storing gas cylinders so that they remain or lie in the water.
- Check that the valve is kept closed on the empty cylinders to prevent contaminants from entering.
- Store gas cylinders safely when not in use. They must be properly contained unless they are designed to be independent.
- Gas cylinders must be plainly marked to show the type of gas they contain and the hazards sign boldly attached to the cylinder.
- Store your gas cylinders where they are not exposed to risks from impact, for example from vehicles such as forklifts or heat.
With this post on Gas Cylinder Danger Signs to Watch out for, we are sure you have learnt something about the safety-related to the proper usage of a gas cylinder, we hope you take this into consideration.