Flammable gases have an extremely wide range of domestic, industrial, commercial, agricultural, and fuel uses.
The major hazard associated with the handling of flammable compressed gases is fire. The three basic conditions that need to be met simultaneously to ignite a flammable gas are:
- concentration of the gas (fuel) within the flammable limits;
- air or an oxidizing gas; and
- source of ignition.
Flammable Gas Safety Reminders
- Follow safe practices for the storage and use of flammable gases.
- Leak test cylinders, containers, and systems when making connections or if a leak is suspected.
- Provide adequate ventilation and atmospheric monitoring to ensure that safe atmospheres are maintained.
- Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
Transport of Flammable Gases
When transporting flammable gas cylinders in a vehicle VENTILATION is the key to reducing the risk of fire or explosion
- Use an open vehicle such as a utility as this provides the best ventilation and avoids the risks of gas accumulation.
- If you are transporting the cylinder inside a trade vehicle, the cylinder must be kept in a purpose-built sealed compartment or cabinet that provides for the adequate ventilation of any leaking gas to the outside of the vehicle
- Close the cylinder valve and disconnect the regulator, hoses and torch prior to transport
- Regularly check for leaks from valves
- Secure the cylinders and keep them upright