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Medical gas cylinders are large, heavy and relatively unstable due to the small base-diameter to height ratio. For your safety, it is important to adhere to a few simple rules when storing them:
Store cylinders in areas of restricted access and dedicated to medical gases.
Store cylinders in a well-ventilated covered area, preferably outside on a level, well-drained surface in the shade.
Store cylinders vertically and secured to prevent them from falling over.
Store full and empty cylinders separately, rotating your cylinder stock so that the oldest cylinders are used first.
Separate cylinders according to gas properties (flammable, inert, oxidant and so on). Cylinders with flammable content must be stored separately from other cylinders.
Safety signs must be displayed in storage areas in line applicable legal requirements.
Be aware of
The properties of the individual gases.
The specific requirements for certain products. Cryogenic, liquefied and compressed gases that are heavier than air can collect in low-lying areas such as drains, basements and ducts. Take these aspects into consideration when storing these gases.
Electric components in the storage area. If you are storing flammable gases, electric equipment must meet certain specifications.
Never store flammable cylinders with other gas cylinders.
Never store other products with medical gas cylinders, particularly flammable materials such as fuel, oil, paint, alcohol, ether or corrosive liquids as this may result in a hazardous situation.
Never store LPG (Liquefied Petroleum Gas) cylinders within five meters of other gas cylinders. This distance can be reduced if the cylinders are separated by a firewall.