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Cylinders in Fires

12 September 2017 / by British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) (author) / Derby
(Photography by Ildar Sagjedev). (photo: Ildar Sagjedev)
(Photography by Ildar Sagjedev). / (photo: Ildar Sagjedev)

The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) working closely with the Department for Transport has produced a definitive guide to the many types of gas containers in use in the UK.

Important guidance on the steps to take in the event of a fire on or near gas cylinders has been issued for facilities managers by The British Compressed Gases Association.


The leaflet ‘L6 – Cylinders in Fires’ has been designed by the trade association to offer a concise, visual guide to the steps to take in the event of a fire-related incident.


It also includes information on flammable gases, post fire actions and provides gas company emergency contact numbers.


Doug Thornton, Chief Executive of the BCGA said: “Cylinders are designed to keep gas stored safely, but they can become vulnerable in the extreme circumstances of a fire.

“L6 is an immediate action response for dealing with a cylinder in such an event.

“It has been developed in a format which makes it easy to be placed on noticeboards and other areas where the information can be easily viewed, understood and, in the unlikely event of an incident, by acted quickly upon.

“Essentially the message centres around four key instructions; to keep away, raise the alarm, evacuate the immediate area and call the Fire and Rescue Service.

“It also signposts readers to the sources of other information at a glance.”


The L6 leaflet is available for free download from the recently upgraded area of the BCGA’s ‘cylinders in fires’ online area www.bcga.co.uk/cylinders-in-fires.


The revised web area includes a history of the work BCGA has carried out with a wide range of groups, which has resulted in a common approach to dealing with cylinders in fires.


Mr Thornton added: “Industrial, food and medical gases are essential to the existence and wellbeing of thousands of people in the UK every day.

“It is vitally important they are used correctly.

“Our mission is to ensure safety in the use, storage, transportation and handling of gases and the respected publications and information we produce are key to that.”



British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA)


British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA)

The ‘invisible industry’ underpinning a safe, successful and healthy nation - industrial and medical gases are essential to the existence and wellbeing of thousands of people in the UK every day. Industrial gases perform a wide-ranging role, supporting the manufacture of information technology, as well as key UK industrial sectors including steelmaking, refining, welding, chemical processing and electronics. They also help keep homes warm, water clean and food nutritious, appealing and affordable - while medical gases play a critical role in applications including respiratory care, pain therapies and anaesthesia. The British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) is the UK membership body for this critical industry. With a commitment to stringent quality, safety and environmental measures, BCGA members employ 19,000 people directly and account for an annual turnover of £2.7 billion. Members of BCGA operate in a highly-regulated industry and work together on technical, safety, health and environmental issues to achieve high standards of integrity and environmental care, both within their own and customers’ working environments. BCGA promotes safety practice through its publications and also participates in the preparation and revision of National, European and International Standards. Visit www.bcga.co.uk for more information.

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