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Gas cylinders are large, heavy and relatively unstable due to the small base-diameter to height ratio. For your safety, it is important to adhere to a few simple rules when storing your gas cylinders:

  • Store cylinders appropriately.

  • Store cylinders in a well-ventilated covered area, preferably outside on a level, well-drained surface in the shade.

  • Store cylinders vertically and secured to prevent them from falling over.

  • Store full and empty cylinders separately, rotating your cylinder stock so that the oldest cylinders are used first.

  • Separate cylinders according to gas properties (flammable, inert, oxidant and so on). Cylinders with flammable content must be stored separately from other cylinders.

  • Safety signs must be displayed in storage areas in line applicable legal requirements.

Be aware of

  • The properties of the individual gases.

  • The specific requirements for certain products. Cryogenic, liquefied and compressed gases that are heavier than air can collect in low-lying areas such as drains, basements and ducts. Take these aspects into consideration when storing these gases.

  • Electric components in the storage area. If you are storing flammable gases, electric equipment must meet certain specifications.


  • Never store flammable cylinders with other gas cylinders.

  • Never store other products with cylinders, particularly flammable materials such as fuel, oil, paint or corrosive liquids as this may result in a hazardous situation.

  • Never store LPG cylinders within five meters of other gas cylinders. This distance can be reduced if the cylinders are separated by a firewall.

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