|Emergency recall for over 55,000 propane cylinders|
|Saturday, June 22, 2013 12:16 AM|
PUTNAM COUNTY — The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued an emergency recall of over 55,000 propane cylinders manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Company. These cylinders may leak flammable gas or suddenly rupture.
The emergency order was issued after a PHMSA investigation of Lite Cylinder of Franklin, Tenn., revealed unsafe conditions and practices. The emergency order mandated more than 55,000 two-piece fully-wrapped fiber composite cylinders be removed from service. These composite cylinders are commonly used as portable fuel tanks for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
PHMSA advises anyone possessing one of these cylinders to do the following:
• Stop using the cylinder(s)
• Close the valve(s)
• Safety disconnect the cylinder(s) once the valves are closed
• Store the cylinder(s) in a space that is well ventilated and not enclosed
• Protect the cylinder(s) from heat and keep away from all heat sources
• Call the Hazmat Info Center at 1-800-467-4922 if you have any questions.
The affected cylinders may be marked with any of the following numbers: M5729, DOT-SP 14562, DOT-SP 13957, DOT-SP 13105 (only if manufactured by The Lite Company; cylinders manufactured by Composite Scandinavia (M0408) and marked with this number are not subject to the recall.)
“It is important that the general public and any facility that fills propane tanks be aware of this recall,” said State Fire Marshal Larry Flowers. “Any attempts to empty the cylinder or remove the cylinder valve by unqualified persons may lead to serious injury or death.”
For more information, contact the Hazmat Info center at 1-800-467-4922 or visit PHMSA’s website at www.phmsa.gov/.