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There are a number of practical tips and guidelines that users can follow to mitigate or – even better – eliminate the risk of injury to themselves or others when transporting and handling acetylene. These are outlined in the following:
Make sure the cylinder shut-off valve is closed before transport and during storage.
Never rely on gas equipment such as torches or regulators to shut off the gas.
Transport cylinders in a suitably ventilated vehicle, ideally an open or flatbed truck or a ventilated gas compartment in an enclosed truck.
Make sure the cylinders are properly restrained and valves are protected during transport.
Unload the cylinders immediately when you have reached your destination, and if stored in a horizontal position allow them to stand vertically for at least 30 minutes before use.
Never store flammable gas cylinders overnight in an unventilated vehicle.
Always comply with all local regulations governing the transport of cylinders in vehicles and the safe unloading and storage of acetylene cylinders. This can include concrete measures such as signs on the vehicle, a fire extinguisher, safety information in the vehicle and safety training for the driver.
Remember: Secure it. Ventilate it. Respect it.