What should an operator do when handling propane fuel?
- Position the tank so the liquid propane does not come in contact with the relief valve.
- Make sure the locking pin engages into the cylinder.
- Make sure the valve is closed tightly.
- Store the cylinder outside, in an upright position, in an area where it can be secured and is protected from being struck.
- Put the cylinder down gently. Do not drop, dent or damage.
- Always protect the valve from any damage.
- Avoid contact with liquid propane, as it can cause frostbite.
- Wear protective gloves while making or breaking connections
- Ensure that only qualified persons repair carburetors and fuel supply systems.
- For repairs, use only components that agencies such as the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) have approved.
- Exchange removable cylinders outdoors or in well-ventilated areas, away from sources of ignition.
- Close the valve before breaking connections.
What steps should operators follow when changing fuel tanks?
Procedure for changing propane (LPG) cylinders:
- Wear eye protection and insulated, loose fitting gloves such as leather (dry) or insulated neoprene.
- Close the valve on the cylinder.
- Run the engine until it stops. This ensures that the connection hose is empty.
- Shut off the engine.
- Open the connecting nut and inspect valves for leaking. Do NOT use metal tools.
- Disconnect the hose.
- Disconnect the holding straps.
- Remove the empty cylinder.
- Replace with a full cylinder in the proper position.
- Connect the holding straps.
- Tighten the connecting nut (wiggle hose).
- Open the valve on the cylinder slowly and check for leaks. Use solution of soap and water. Smell--listen--look.
- If the valve leaks:
1st time - Tighten the nut and continue.
2nd time - Change the cylinder.
3rd time - Change the hose.
- Open the valve fully (slowly).
- Check that the hose is turned inward.
- Secure the hose downward.
- Secure the cylinder.
- Start the engine and resume operation.
What should an operator not do when changing a propane tank (cylinder)?
- Do not use metal tools when changing a cylinder.
- Do not use excessive force when opening valve.
- Do not let the cylinder get too hot.
- Do not drag, drop, roll or slide cylinder or allow it to bang against other objects.
- Do not use matches or a flame to check for leaks. Use soap or a leak detector.
- Do not mount more than two LPG cylinders on any forklift truck.
Document last updated on October 13, 2006
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