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Gas Cabinets and How They Affect Your Health and Safety

Your gas cabinets are designed to protect flammable and potentially toxic gases from damage. In most cases they’re probably made from a durable, tough material such as metal, plastic or fibreglass. Ideally those cases should protect your gas cylinders from a wide array of accidents, such as accidental knocks or rams by passers by, however they cannot protect them from everything. If they’re thoughtlessly placed, then it’s entirely possible that they could come into contact with something that they just can’t withstand, and so it is essential that you place your gas cabinets down with care.Gas Cabinets

The most basic safety concern you should consider is the matter of open flames. With no exceptions, your gas cabinets should be placed as far away from potential sources of open flames as possible. Other sources of intense heat, such as radiators or direct sunlight, should also be avoided. The reason for this is self-explanatory -- the gases your gas cabinets are protecting are flammable. Explosions are generally not constructive towards health and safety, as most people have adverse allergic reactions to being on fire or inhaling toxic fumes.

Other things you should consider is surrounding traffic. For example, if your gas cabinet is placed within a corridor, you should ensure that it is given as wide a berth by people traversing through the corridor as possible. Make sure it’s bright coloured and clearly marked, and inform people of its location. If the corridor is particularly busy, you may want to consider relocating it somewhere a little quieter.

Another concern is ventilation. If one of the containers should spring a leak, then the gas it contains could be highly toxic. If possible, ensure that the room the gas cabinet is in has plenty of ventilation, so that the gases cannot become trapped within a single area and cause a severe health hazard. This also reduces the risk of the flames by providing the gases a suitable means of dispersal and escape, by mixing the flammable gases with less flammable mixtures from the ambient atmosphere. The placement of specific sensors to detect such leaks is also a wise investment, particularly if the gases don’t have a particularly strong odour.

For further information about gas cabinets and a wide range of other plastic products, why not visit the website of Kingsley Plastics? You can also contact them directly by phoning (44) 01837 83154.

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