Three Tips For Safely Handling Your Rented CO2 Tanks

Posted on: 11 March 2016

When you're planning a large event and will be handling the beverage distribution on your own, you'll likely find yourself renting some tanks of CO2. Carbon dioxide is a valuable gas to have on hand for providing carbonation to a wide range of drinks and connects easily to your rented bar setup. Although renting your CO2 tanks from a reputable rental center helps ensure that they've been inspected and are safe, there are certain steps that you need to take to ensure the safety of you and those around you when you're handling this gas. Here are three things that you should keep in mind.

Transport Them Upright And In A Truck, If Possible

CO2 tanks are designed to be carried, stored and used in the upright position, so make sure that when you load your tanks into your vehicle, they'll be able to keep this position while you drive. Bungee cords are ideal for securing the tanks to prevent them from hitting each other and tipping over. Anytime you have CO2 tanks, there's a small risk of some of the gas escaping from the valve if it's inadvertently opened. As such, it's ideal to transport your tanks in a truck, as you'll be able to leave them in the truck bed. If you need to use a vehicle, make sure to drive with the windows down.

Store Your Tanks Out Of The Sun

If your event will take place outdoors, you have to make sure that your CO2 tanks are stores in an area in which they're not exposed to direct sunlight. The tanks should not be exposed to temperatures greater than 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Storing them in a shaded area with plenty of ventilation -- a breeze can help keep the temperature down -- is ideal. Don't ever make the mistake of leaving the tanks in a vehicle until you need them, as the temperature inside the vehicle on a hot day can easily exceed 80 degrees.

Connect The Tanks In A Fresh-Air Environment

When you're hooking the tanks up to your bar setup, it's important that there's plenty of fresh air in the area. Some CO2 will leak as you make the connection, and this situation is only a concern if you're working in an area with no circulation of fresh air. A buildup of CO2 can lead to a medical issue called hypercapnia, which can lead to headaches, drowsiness and, in extreme cases, respiratory problems.

For more information about CO2, talk to a professional like Terry Supply Co.