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Handling gas cylinders is an expected part of life in the UAE, and there are a few things to consider to reduce the risk of any injury or accident caused by the mishandling of gas cylinders.
Ensure you check the condition of the gas cylinder when it is delivered and that a safety cap is in place. The cylinder should be free from any sort of heavy rusting, so do not accept delivery of units that seem to be in bad condition.
When moving the cylinder to where it is going to be stored, make sure the safety cap is on until it is ready to be used and attached to a regulator. A proper regulator must be installed into the cylinder, and the unit should be kept in an adequately ventilated area with a safe temperature.
Take special care during the summer months. Do not store the cylinder anywhere in direct sunlight, and keep it away from direct sources of heat. Never let storage temperature exceed 52°C. Close the cylinder valve when anticipating extended periods of non-use.
It is not just the compressed gas in the cylinder that can cause accidents or injuries. An empty gas cylinder can weigh as much as 16kg; a full cylinder as much as 20kg. Ask for assistance when moving or handling a cylinder. Improper lifting can cause injuries to the neck, back, and shoulders.
Cylinders not in use must be secured safely to prevent damage to property and people. If you have a defective unit, contact your dealer.
• Check the condition of the cylinder during delivery
• Safely secure empty cylinders to prevent damage
• Remember that improper lifting can cause injuries
Source: Nicholas Baker, Special to Classifieds
The writer is a freelancer