Precautions in Storage and Handling of Acetylene Cylinders
Cylinders should always be stored in a specifically assigned storage location and never lashed to handrails or inside accommodation spaces. Other precautions include;
- Store vertically (not horizontally) in a dry and well ventilated area at temperatures below 35 degree Celsius more than 6 meters from oxygen cylinders.
- Use the cylinders in the order received from the supplier.
- Except when the cylinders are actually in use, keep cylinder valves closed and use valve protection caps even when empty.
- Store empty and full cylinders separately.
- Post conspicuous signs forbidding smoking or open flames.
- Protect acetylene cylinders from sea water, accumulations of ice or snow, and screen them from continuous direct rays of the sun.
- Avoid dropping a cylinder or subjecting it to abnormal shock.
- Check cylinder contents by weight, by using the factor of 0.92 m3 / kg and not by pressure.
- Never attempt to repair or alter cylinders or valves.
- Never attempt to transfer acetylene from a cylinder.
- Never use acetylene cylinders for any purpose other than as acetylene cylinders.
- Avoid handling electric welding equipment where acetylene cylinders may come into contact with the welding apparatus or electrical circuits.
- When moving acetylene cylinders, avoid abnormal shocks.
- Ensure all valves are closed before cylinders are moved.
- When loading or offloading acetylene cylinders use a platform, cargo, cradle or net.
- Never drag the cylinders, which must be carried upright.
"Fire Safety at Sea" by Dr. James Cowley