Just like any component of a liquid gas system, cylinders also need routine inspection and general maintenance to prevent small problems from growing into catastrophic failures. The tips below serve as a general guideline for most cylinder types, and are easy to incorporate into a regular inspection schedule and employee training.
Always keep cylinders in a well-ventilated area away from heat, flammable materials or electrical equipment. The gases stored in these containers may be non-toxic and non-flammable, but can quickly cause asphyxiation in a confined area with bad ventilation. (See our post on oxygen deficiency meters & oxygen safety for more.)
Secure cylinders with a chain or strap to prevent tipping or falling over.
Oxygen cylinders should be stored at least 20 feet from fuel gas cylinders, and kept away from oil, grease and other flammable materials.
Propane cylinders should be stored in a well-ventilated area that is protected from weather. Never store them in direct sunlight or near any heat source.
Acetylene cylinders should be stored in cool, dry areas protected from sunlight and heat. Always store upright and away from other gases.
Clearly label cylinders with contents and the date they were filled to prevent accidents.
General maintenance tips:
Periodically clean cylinders with water or a mild detergent and dry thoroughly to prevent corrosion of the metal shell.
Inspect cylinders regularly for damage. Check for dents, cracks, rust or other signs of wear and tear. Do not use a damaged cylinder.
Replace cylinder valves if they become worn or damaged. Damaged valves lead to leaks.
Have cylinders inspected and tested regularly by a qualified technician to ensure they are safe and performing.
Never adjust, block or plug a pressure relief valve.
Always wear safety glasses and gloves when handling cylinders.
Never lift a cylinder by the valve.
Use a cart or hand truck to move cylinders.
Do not drop or strike cylinders.
Make sure valves are closed before disconnecting cylinders from the regulators.
Report any leaks or other problems to a qualified technician immediately.
Choose a reliable, high-quality cylinder for the best performance
Taylor-Wharton is an industry standout for producing an extensive line of liquid cylinders for a wide range of applications. Portable and vacuum-insulated, Taylor-Wharton cylinders feature state-of-the-art safety features. Additional features include:
Volume range from 70-450 liters
Full circle shock-mount ring
Innovative non-binding contents gauge
Reinforced lateral head support
Color-coded relief valve and differential pressure settings