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How Can You Detect Gas Leaks Before They Happen?

Compressed gas cylinders can leak, and that’s bad news. The immediate way to tell an active leak would be through smell, but it is possible to detect them before you start smelling anything. Just by looking for physical damages, you can save yourself the hassle of having to initiate emergency protocols. Keeping an eye on your cylinder’s physical shape without the concern of potential leaks to begin with is important because if you don’t take a damaged gas cylinder seriously, the consequences can get dangerous, even life-threatening. There are different forms of damage that can incur on a cylinder. These are some of the more common ones, and each of them have their own way of being avoided.


Dents

Dent in Gas Cylinder

When we think of dents, one of the first few things that come to most minds are dents in a car. Well, cars aren’t the only things that can get dented. Dents are hollow blemishes caused by hitting or applying too much pressure onto a surface, usually a metal surface. These can have a serious effect on how much gas can be filled inside, since the dent forces a change in the cylinder’s surface area. Filling up a dented cylinder with the usual amount of gas can end up overflowing, which can lead to an unexpected explosion.

If a projectile has enough force and energy and hits your cylinder, it can straight up rip a hole right through. A bullet would do that easily. You’d have to get a new one at that point, because any holes or tears make gas cylinders unusable.

Burn/Electric Marks

Burn Mark on Gas Cylinder

Burn markings are caused due to extreme exposures to high temperatures or even fire. Whether a compressed gas cylinder is under operation or not, you want to make sure the cylinder is in a cool area. Keep it far from any heat, especially when it’s not in use, otherwise burn damage will be imminent. Even electrical damage is possible. Electrical arcs can leave markings and can even melt away the material of a cylinder. Keep it away from any machinery, as putting the cylinder near any are what put the it at risk of electrical damage. Even if the cylinder is sitting near a wire and isn’t damaged, it can still be dangerous.

If for some reason any of the gas escapes the cylinder and touches anything with a flow of electricity, it can create sparks. If, instead, fire’s involved, you better make sure you get everyone far away from the danger, because it’ll escalate into a lethal explosive very quickly.