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There are different safety rules and regulations for storage of gas cylinders.
No more than 2 cylinders of up to 15 kg may be used indoors in residential premises. Maximum of up to 15kg in no more than 2 spare cylinders can be stored indoors.
Propane cylinders must always be stored outdoors.
If your storage of gas bottles goes beyond 70 kgs and is up to 400 kgs, there are certain rules and regulations that you need to abide by.
· The gas bottle storage area should be away from the site boundary or building etc. The prescribed distance is a minimum of 1m unless there is a fire wall provided.
· No vehicles except those delivering LPG should ideally be allowed within 1m of storage area.
· The presence of flammable liquids and corrosive, oxidising or combustible material within 3m of the LPG storage is prohibited. Compressed oxygen must be kept 10m away from all flammable gases; these include propane, butane and dissolved acetylene.
· Opening into buildings, pits or cellars should not be within 2m of the LPG storage space.
· The storage area should be well ventilated and maintained and kept clear of rubbish and weeds.
· The storage of LPG should not hinder or endanger the means of escape from the premises.
· The storage area should be marked clearly with suitable notices displayed properly.
· Cylinders must not be used or stored below ground level and not even in high rise flats where gas is prohibited.
· The area should be secured well to prevent tampering. Lockable cylinder cages should be ideally used for the same reason.
· These restrictions are applicable to empty cylinders as well as full ones.
In the case of fixed installations, the site must be outside. These are some of the storage norms for storing gas cylinders that you should always keep in mind.