Forklift Propane Cylinders Safe Handling Tips
Written on: January 10, 2022
Propane safety made easy for forklifts
When used and stored properly, propane cylinders are very safe. Even so, it’s important to follow commonsense safety procedures to ensure safe handling when dealing with propane tanks or cylinders – which are really just small tanks. At Georgia Gas Distributors, we pride ourselves on propane safety, and that’s not just talk; we walk the walk. Read on and you’ll see why!
Top safety tips for forklift cylinder handlers
Propane cylinder safety is pretty straightforward. Just like with most other types of fuel and construction equipment, workers who handle propane cylinders need to be educated on how best to protect themselves and others while installing, uninstalling, transporting or storing forklift propane cylinders. Some essential tips include the following:
- Never smoke while handling propane cylinders. Propane is flammable, folks. In all likelihood, it’s not going to up and spontaneously ignite if there’s no leak, but refraining from smoking is still just an essential safety precaution.
- Protect yourself! When dealing with propane cylinders, remember to wear quality protective gear, such as eye protection and gloves. Direct propane contact will create freeze burns to the skin. It’s not bubble bath. The good news is that propane stays in its cylinder, barring a rare leak.
- If a leak is identified, the cylinder access valves should be shut off and the cylinder itself placed outside in an open space, away from people, vehicles, and other fuels or equipment, before calling a professional for assistance.
- Now’s not the time for DIY tinkering. If you detect a problem with your propane cylinder or tank for that matter, reach out to your propane provider for inspection, maintenance, repair and replacement.
- Close it up when not being used. Closed propane valves protect everyone by preventing potential leaks.
- Don’t forget about storage safety. Cylinders are made to be stored for a certain period of time, but must be kept at least 10 feet away from an ignition source.
- Always read the warning labels on propane cylinders. Be sure you are up-to-date on your propane safety training.
- Critical safety requirements should be followed by anyone filling propane cylinders. We highly recommend Georgia Gas Distributors’ cylinder exchange for maintaining your supply of forklift propane. This is the safest, most efficient approach you can take, and we will stick with you throughout the process.
Propane safety is our top priority, and we mean business!
Make no mistake, when used appropriately, propane is safe, economical and environmentally friendly. At Georgia Gas Distributors, your safety and the safety of your employees and customers is our priority. We are proud to offer our customers FREE in-depth propane safety training. Become a customer and sign up today!