Helium Shortage

October 22nd, 2018 | News

Helium supply faces limitations across our supply chain.  Why? Helium is a byproduct of radioactive decay of thorium and uranium occurring in Earth’s crust and results when natural gas is harvested at large processing plants. This crude helium is purified, liquefied, then compressed before resembling its gaseous form we supply in tube trailers and cylinders…. 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 »

Sharing Smiles at Children’s Hospital

September 26th, 2018 | News

Butler Gas Products was honored to participate in our 2nd Annual Disney Balloon Day at Children’s Hospital, donating helium to inflate the balloons and passing them out to patients and their families. It is amazing what 200 Mickey and Minnie Mouse balloons can do! This month, volunteers from the IEE joined the Butler Gas Products… 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 »

Compressed Gases Safety Training

August 1st, 2018 | News

The Butler Gas Products Family welcomed DOT consultant Mike Dodd this week. With (1) SAFETY and (2) PEOPLE leading our lineup of core beliefs, hazardous materials and security training is paramount to protecting our most important assets. Furthermore, as a manufacturer and distributor, we need to continuously invest in developing our talent in production and… Read more »

Sponsoring Go Dive Now at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

July 13th, 2018 | News

We are excited to partner with the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium to provide beginners with an easy and fun way to try scuba diving. The Go Dive Now Pool is a traveling program for participants age 10 and older, and features the help of trained professionals from local dive centers. The 30-foot, 15,000-gallon Go… Read more »

New Argon Trailer

July 4th, 2018 | News

We welcome our new 2800 gallon Argon bulk trailer! Welding is the largest use of argon where it provides an inert gas shield to the arc, preventing oxidation of the metals being welded. In the specialty gas world, ultra high purity (UHP) argon is favorably utilized in Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP). Butler Gas Products supplies… 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 »