Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 20:32:41 -0400
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From: Carole Savoie <carole.savoie**At_Symbol_Here**POLYMTL.CA>
Subject: Re: Storing Gas Cylinders Horizontally
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The weight of the cylinder and its contain vs the risk of developping 
back, arm, shoulder, etc. problems when handling the cylinders.

The fact that the valve would (could) be in contact with some gases 
(e.g. liquified gases).

The fact that the valve, on an horizontally stored cylinder, could be 
bumped by anything passing around (e.g. cart).  The valve remains the 
fragile point on a cylinder even if there is a protective cap on it.

The fact that they are (round-shape) cylinders and can move (almost) by 

The fact that you cannot store them one one top of the other the way we 
can store them close to one another vertically.

Physically a cylinder is not supposed to be stored horizontally.  I 
personnally never saw square-cylinders.

Here are my first thoughts on the question.

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> Excuse the cross-postings.
> Besides not storing acetylene (and other fuel gases) horizontally, 
> can you think of any reason why gas cylinders can't be stored 
> horizontally?
> Thanks,
> Debbie
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