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Storing Gas Cylinders
Always store gas cylinders in a cool, dark place away from heat and out of direct sunlight. Make sure the area is well ventilated. This way, if there's a leak, the gas won't sit in the enclosed area adding to the risk of explosion or injury due to suffocation. When storing cylinders outside, do your best to protect them from weather and the elements, making sure to keep them dry so they don't get worn or rusted. Never mix different types of cylinders when storing. If someone mistakes one cylinder for another, this could be hazardous to them and could do a lot of damage. If you can store your gas bottles in a dedicated gas store.
Handling Gas Cylinders
When handling any sort of gas cylinder, wear protective gloves and safety goggles. If moving a cylinder from one location to another, don't drag it. Instead, lift it by its body. Dragging the cylinder risks damaging it, which could be harmful. Be careful when lifting the cylinder by the top. If the cap comes off, there's a chance you could injure yourself or break the valve of the cylinder, causing a lot of damage in the process. If the valve is broken, the cylinder could fire off like a rocket--this would be bad. Whenever possible, use a hand truck or a designated cart for moving cylinders to transport them. This will make the task less strenuous and lessens the risk of damaging the cylinder or injuring yourself.
Other Important Safety Tips
When refilling a gas cylinder, always have it done by a professional. This way you know it's done right and don't end up regretting it later on down the line. Make sure you have your cylinders inspected for safety as well. And, of course, always keep proper safety equipment (such as fire extinguishers and first aid kits) in or near the cylinders in case of an emergency.