Is a Pressurized SCUBA Tank Dangerous?

Is a Pressurized SCUBA Tank Dangerous?
Scuba tanks contain highly pressurized oxygen. Under normal conditions with careful use, they are very safe, and provide a way for divers to explore underwater sites for hours without surfacing.

Inspection

Pressurized scuba tanks require careful inspection for dents and creases. Visual inspection also includes looking for corrosion that weakens metal.

Testing

A scuba tank must have routine tests for the ability to hold air. A hydrostatic test can also alert you to small holes or leaks in a pressure tank. Test a tank before any refill.

Temperature

Never expose a scuba, or any other oxygen tank, to temperatures above 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit).

Security

Another common cause of pressurized scuba tank explosion is collision. Always secure your scuba tank to a vehicle when in transport and make sure there is nothing in the vicinity that can break free and hit or puncture the canister.

Safety

The temperatures that cause explosions are extremely hot and abusive care is required to cause that kind of trouble. Keep your scuba tanks in good condition, secure them tight when transporting either in car or on a boat, and inspect them regularly and they are very safe to use.

Article Written By Tami Parrington

Tami Parrington is the author of five novels along with being a successful SEO and content writer for the past three years. Parrington's journalism experience includes writing for eHow on medical, health and home-related topics as well as writing articles about the types of animals she has raised for years.

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