Why acetylene should never be stored in a closed
- This incident happened on Monday the 29th
of September. A fitter with a work van left an E size oxygen and acetylene
cylinder on the back seat of a Toyota dual cab over the weekend. The
acetylene cylinder must not have fully closed and a small leak occurred.
- Over the weekend the acetylene accumulated
in the van. On the Monday morning the fitter approached the van and
opened the door, a large explosion took place. The ignition could
have been caused by either the internal light, the automatic door
control or by a mobile phone, which was on the front seat of the van.
The fitter, a smoker, received damage to his eardrums and face. As
can be seen in the photo, he was very lucky.
What Makes Acetylene So Dangerous!
- FLAMMABILITY LIMITS (% by volume in air):
Lower: 2.5 Upper: 100 - an extremely wide range!
- Use or store only in a well-ventilated area.
(The inside of the truck is not well ventilated)
- NFPA RATINGS: Health 1; Flammability 4; Reactivity
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