CO2 Beverage System Safety

December 6th, 2018 | Technical

Beware that improperly installed or poorly maintained carbonated beverage systems can create hazardous concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in enclosed areas, causing restaurant patrons and employees severe, sometimes fatal, harm. CO2 in the gaseous state is colorless and odorless and not easily detectable. It can be deadly even when normal oxygen levels are present. Reaching… Read more »

Understanding Oxygen

November 8th, 2018 | Technical

Oxygen, the colorless, odorless, tasteless elemental gas that supports life and combustion, constitutes about one-fifth of the atmosphere. We supply oxygen for industrial, specialty, and medical applications. Industrial applications for oxygen are broad, and include its utilization with acetylene, propane, hydrogen, and other fuel gases for purposes like metal cutting, welding, and hardening. We supply… Read more »

Propane Heater Safety

October 11th, 2018 | Technical

As temperatures drop, please remember these temporary heating safety tips. Temporary heating equipment powered with propane is portable and widely used in a variety of industries. Builders, manufacturers, exterminators, emergency management and others utilize propane to fuel temporary heating units. Heaters must be designed for use with LP Gas and AGA, UL, or CGA approved…. Read more »

Cylinders Exposed to Flood Situations

September 12th, 2018 | Technical

GAWDA (Gases and Welding Distributors Association) and CGA (Compressed Gas Association) released a safety alert yesterday reinforcing the need to be extra vigilant in the receipt, inspection, cleaning, and repair of medical oxygen cylinders that have been exposed to flood situations. Natural disasters can result in exposing a cylinder to a variety of hazardous conditions… Read more »

Is Air a Hazardous Material?

August 30th, 2018 | Technical

I breathe in air all day long.  What do you mean it’s hazardous? Air is considered to be a hazardous material when it’s packaged in a cylinder because it’s under pressure. All gases can present a potential hazard because they are under pressure. Every cylinder has a pressure rating for its maximum filled pressure. Depending… Read more »

Propane Safety for BBQ Grilling

July 3rd, 2018 | Technical

Make sure to visit one of our locations for propane fills for your BBQ grill. Especially in the summer heat, propane should be handled with caution. Your propane cylinder should always remain in a well-ventilated area, and should be transported and stored in a secure and upright position. Never keep a filled cylinder inside a… Read more »

Dangers of Inhaling Helium

June 19th, 2018 | Technical

The fatal secret behind inhaling helium is how quickly one may lose consciousness due to asphyxia. During the exchange of gases in the normal breathing process, the blood stream absorbs oxygen from air in the lungs, while carbon dioxide passes from the blood to the air. When you hold your breath, the exchange of gases… Read more »