22 danger signs to keep on check when using a gas cylinder

There is need to apply safety measures and precautions when using gas cylinders as we have many cases of gas cylinder explosions resulting to the lost of lives  and properties worth a lot of money.

However, there are so many danger signs we need to look out for while using a Gas cylinder.

Some of these factors are:

  •   Cooking gas cylinders must not exceed five years: most people using gas cylinders hardly remember when it was bought. It is important to keep track of the days and replace them as soon as possible.
  •    Do not buy used Gas cylinders.
  •    Watch out for the expiry dates: The steps to check the expiry date are very simple and basic. The expiry of LPG cylinder can be found on one of the metal strips that connect the body of the cylinder to top ring (handle). It is mentioned on the inner side of the strip. The strip has any of the alphabets from A to D painted on it along with a number. Decoding the expiry date is simple. The alphabet represents the month it expires while the number indicates the year. A year is divided into four quarters :

A – January to March

B – April to June

C – July to  September

D – October to  December

For example, your cylinder has ‘A 18  painted on the metal strip. The alphabet A represents month March and 18 indicates the year 2018.

  • ·       Use gas cylinders in a vertical position, unless specifically designed to be used otherwise
  • ·       Securely restrain cylinders to prevent them from falling over
  • ·       Always double check that the cylinder/gas is the right one for the intended use.
  • ·       Before connecting a gas cylinder to equipment or pipe-work make sure that the regulator and pipe-work are suitable for the type of gas and pressure being used.
  • ·       When required, wear suitable safety shoes and other personal protective equipment when handling gas cylinders.
  • ·       Do not use gas cylinders for any other purpose than the transport and storage of gas.
  • ·        Do not drop, roll or drag gas cylinders.
  • ·       Close the cylinder valve and replace dust caps, where provided when a gas cylinder is not in use.
  • ·       Where appropriate, fit cylinders with residual pressure valves (non-return valves) to reduce the risk of backflow of water or other materials into the cylinder during use that might corrode it (e.g. beer forced into an empty gas cylinder during cylinder change-over).
  • ·       Ensure the valve is protected by a valve cap or collar, or that the valve has been designed to withstand impact if the cylinder is dropped.
  • ·       Store gas cylinders in a dry, safe place on a flat surface in the open air. If this is not reasonably practicable, store in an adequately ventilated building or part of a building specifically reserved for this purpose.
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