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Propane is one of the most commonly used fuels for materials handling vehicles, manufacturing, heating, and other industrial uses. But it’s also a highly combustible substance that needs to be handled safely at all times.
Now there’s a forklift attachment that is specifically designed to securely handle propane tanks, minimizing risks and improving workplace safety.
Propane cylinder equipment caddies can carry up to six full liquid propane tanks safely, using the forks of your existing lift truck. Special safety chains securely hold the tanks in place, preventing them from tipping, spilling, or breaking even when the forklift is moving at full speed.
For maximum durability, propane cylinder equipment caddies are made completely of steel. This helps increase their lifetime while providing additional protection to the potentially flammable propane tanks in the event of a collision or forklift accident.
Given its potential for danger, propane is a substance that needs to be handled with respect. While it is widely used in both industry and residences for cooking, heat, and generating electricity, it’s important that caution always be used when handling or transporting tanks.
Propane Safety Tips
While propane cylinder equipment caddies can reduce the risk of fire or explosion in any workplace, there are other steps you can take to improve propane safety:
- It’s a bad idea to store or use propane tanks in basements or in living spaces. You should also never use propane gas BBQ grills inside, or even inside open garages.
- Propane gas is poisonous to humans, so even the smallest leak can be dangerous.
- Don’t leave portable tanks in cars or closed vehicles. Not only is there the risk of theft, but extreme temperature variations can cause the gas to become less stable.
- Always secure temporary tanks when used for building heat, hot water, cooking, or other uses.
Dealing with Gas Leaks
While propane itself is odorless, a distinctive aroma is added during the manufacturing process to alert users of potential leaks.
If you smell gas, immediately extinguish all open flames and smoking materials. Evacuate everybody from the area where you think the gas may be leaking then shut off the gas supply valve of your propane tank, if it is possible to do it safely without putting yourself at risk.
Once you are away from the leak, contact your propane supplier. They should have people on staff who are trained at dealing with propane leaks. If you can’t reach them or they aren’t helpful, call 911.
Remember: Don’t return to an area until your propane retailer, emergency responders, or qualified service technicians determines that it is safe for you to do so.