CO2, carbon dioxide, is probably best known as the gas humans breathe out and the one plants need to survive. Its application extends beyond breathing, however; carbon dioxide is used in several sorts of businesses for multiple reasons. Usually, this means storing it in a cylinder.
To further explain, carbon dioxide cylinders keep the compound contained at a specific pressure for practical uses. This can be in either liquid or gas form, depending on how a business intends to use it. Though CO2 is typically poisonous to humans when breathed in, this isn’t an issue for most businesses. Carbon dioxide stored in a cylinder with a valve for controlled use can be used for purification, medical stimulation, pH control, and more.
However, CO2’s most popular application may be in the food and beverage arena. When sealed in a cylinder, it can be used for cooling and freezing food, as well as preserving flavour and reducing the need for chemical preservatives. It goes without saying that carbon dioxide is essential for carbonated drinks. For pubs, bars, and restaurants, carbon dioxide is quite the must-have “ingredient.”
Dealing with CO2 cylinders is no small matter, however. They weigh 16kg empty on average, and they’re around 20kg of metal and potentially toxic material when they’re full. In keeping them well-stored, start by picking an area that’s cool, clean, well-ventilated, and away from elevation. Don’t place them anywhere where there’s a lot of traffic, as this will increase the likelihood of cylinder damage. Be sure that they’re easy to reach, but secure where they are.
Next, keep the cylinders in positions of safety. Leave them on their base or lying on their side, their valves sealed tightly; any equipment they came with should remain nearby. Refrain from putting the cylinders in moving vehicles or near electrical circuits. Obviously, the cylinders shouldn’t come into contact with percussive force, either, lest the cylinder or people get hurt or damaged in the process.
Perhaps most important is to remember that the carbon dioxide is pressurised. Mishandling they can create leaks or bursts of such strength that all sorts of damage can take place. Move them carefully, use protective wear, and don’t lift more than you can handle. If you need a trolley or lift to move cylinders, take the precaution. Try not to have more cylinders than you need, and return used up containers to the business from which you purchased them.
Despite its many uses, carbon dioxide must be handled with care. Move the cylinders carefully, protect them from external damage, and store them somewhere away from a threat. These units are more delicate than they appear, but as long as you mind how you handle and store them, your business shouldn’t hurt for it.