Vented gas cabinets are used by many trades and professions that commonly need to transport dangerous liquids or gases, such as fuel, oxy and acetylene. The vapors that can accumulate inside a cabinet holding a bottle of flammable liquids can build up and then accidentally be ignited by a spark from something small like a cigarette lighter. In order to avoid this dangerous situation, cans or bottles of chemicals and gases are usually stored in a vented gas cabinet.
The venting is designed to allow vapors to safely escape without causing an explosion. However, there are a few other remedies for this including a flame arrestor. This fine metallic screening is usually designed to prevent backflow or flashbacks of flames. It allows the vapors and harmful liquids and gases to pass through, while providing a blockade to flame passage should the vapors on either side catch fire.
Are Vented Cabinets Mandatory by Law?
In most states, vented cabinets are not required by law. Some experts believe that cabinets holding flammable liquids or chemicals should not be vented. Though many local agencies do require venting, it mainly depends on the local fire codes (International Fire Code; the NFPA 1 Fire Code).
Are there Other Options to Venting?
Several other options do exist and may be used instead of vented gas cabinets. One of the most popular is an insert that contains activated carbon. This substance aids in lowering the levels of corrosive vapors or VOCs inside the cabinet.
Should the Cabinet Have Self-closing Doors?
Self-closing doors can be very helpful because workers are sometimes busy or preoccupied and might forget to close the door of a gas cabinet, exposing everyone to harmful fumes. Though they are not required by federal law, some local municipalities do require self-closing doors. Contact your local fire marshal or AHJ to learn whether your area requires this.
Other Helpful Tips
Since any substance that is toxic or flammable can potential become a life-threatening hazard, it’s important to take the necessary steps to make sure the substances are safely contained and transported. A well-built gas cabinet is imperative. Never rely on anything homemade or poorly manufactured. Rubber inserts can be helpful, along with adjustable securing straps. Some users require doors that can swing left or right. Be sure the cabinet has easy-to-read safety and warning signage.
RolaShelf gas bottle holders and cabinets are available in a variety of sizes from small LPG cylinders up to D and E size oxy/acetylene that comply with OSHA requirements. Our cabinets are manufactured of durable & corrosion proof materials that prevent internal damage. They are easy to remove and replace and suitable for all trade vehicles and all industry applications.