What is Compressed Gas Cylinder?
A compressed gas is a substance that, while still being a gas at standard room pressure and temperature, is under pressure and is typically contained in a cylinder. Acetylene, for example, is stabilized in the cylinder by being dissolved in a liquid or solid matrix.
Causes of Compressed Gas Cylinder explosion.
- Overfilling camp gas cylinders
- Slamming a filled cooking gas cylinder on a hard floor
- Gas appliances that have been poorly or incorrectly installed
- Gas Leakage
- Improper use of gas furnaces, stoves or other gas appliances.
How to prevent Gas Cylinder explosion
- Keep the gas knob out of reach for children when not using.
- Ensure adequate airflow in the event of a gas leak in the kitchen or other cooking area.
- Educate those around you of the safety precautions for using and handling gas cylinders.
- Seek assistance right away if your flame is orange or yellow rather than blue and leaves soot on your cooking appliances.
- Avoid using electric appliances like laptops and phones because they can spark, igniting the gas that has already started to leak.
- Avoid using open flames, such as candles or cigarettes, as they may cause the gas leak to explode and start a fire.
GAS CYLINDER SAFETY
How to determine your gas cylinder’s expiration date.
Expired cylinders can explode anytime once the expiration date elapses and that makes it a time bomb. Each gas cylinder’s expiry date is coded on the cylinder in alphabetical order A, B, C, D in quarters.
A is for March, first quarter
B is for June, second quarter
C is for September, third quarter
D is for December, fourth quarter
There are some two-digit number that follows the code. For example, D09. If you have D09 on your cylinder, it means that it expired December 2009 and if it is A23, it is going to expire in March 2023.