- To close the cylinder valves, remove the regulator and replace the valve protection cap and hand tight before moving a cylinder.
- Move cylinders with appropriate trolleys and secure the cylinders in an upright position.
- Use proper lifting cradles or a suitable platform when hoisting cylinders by a crane, derrick, or other hoisting mechanism.
- Call the supplier to remove leaky cylinders immediately.
- Secure cylinders in an upright position when cylinders are transported by motor vehicle.
- Do not lift a cylinder by the valve cap. Never sling with ropes or chains or lift with electromagnets.
- Do not drag, slide, or drop cylinders. They can be rolled for short distances on their base.
- Do not allow the cylinders to strike each other violently.
- Never place cylinders on their sides as rollers to move equipment.
- Do not lay acetylene cylinders on their sides. If an acetylene tank has accidentally been left on its side, set it upright for at least one hour before it is used.
- Do not try to refill a cylinder or mix gases in a cylinder.
When should I "crack" the cylinder?
Before attaching the regulator, wipe clean the valve outlet with a clean cloth free of oil and lint and "crack" a secured cylinder by opening the valve slightly then closing it immediately to blow out dust or dirt from the valve outlet. Use two hands on the valve and stand at the side of the valve - never stand directly in front of or behind the valve outlet.
Do not crack fuel gas cylinders due to the chance for the gas to ignite by friction, heating, or other ignition sources. Never crack hydrogen cylinders since the release of compressed hydrogen may ignite by itself.