Fishing Oxygen Systems Regulations, Safety, USCG, DOT – Oxygen Tanks

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Oxygen use and oxygen equipment safety on boats is vital

PLEASE REVIEW THESE VERY IMPORTANT SAFETY RULES

Fishing Oxygen Systems “Rules of the Oxygen Road”   https://www.oxyedge-chum.com/oxygen-safety/rules-of-the-road/

THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD REGULATES HIGH PRESSURE OXYGEN CYLINDERS ON BOATS

High pressure compressed oxygen cylinders are regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) when transported on boats.  The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) codes apply for overland high pressure tank transports. The U.S.C.G. codes include high pressure SCUBA tanks and helium gas tanks on boats. All high-pressure gas cylinders must be safely secured to the vessel. The Coast Guard classifies oxygen and air the same, non-explosive gases, both gases will not explode and burn.

ACCIDENTLY BREAKING THE CYLINDER VALVE OFF AN UNSECURED HIGH PRESSURE OXYGEN CYLINDER IS THE HAZARD

Secured O2 cylinder on a boat means – if you’re running fast in rough, choppy water and accidently run into a solid obstruction, the cylinder stays in place, secured and doesn’t break loose from a plastic ice chest lid and fly through the air. High pressure oxygen cylinders secured to the lid of a plastic ice chest is not secure by any standard – DANGER.

At home, always secure your large oxygen cylinder with a chain screwed to studs or the wall. Never leave the cylinder free-standing, unchained. I not secured, lay the oxygen cylinder down on the floor or ground.

High concentrations of oxygen and oxygen-enrichment (24% oxygen or greater) will cause all materials, including metal, that will burn, to burn hotter and quicker.

The requirements for fire: Oxygen, fuel and the ignition temperature. Take one component away and fires cannot occur. We do not suggest securing the oxygen tank in the bilge, battery box or any place where oil, fuel or an electric arch may reach the components of the system… Fire Hazard.

Oxygen cylinders may be mounted and secured vertically or horizontally, but they must be safely secured during transports. Never leave a high-pressure oxygen cylinder unsecured or standing.

High Pressure Oxygen Cylinder Accidents are Serious Safety Issues

Imagine you have a full O2 cylinder secured to a thin plastic lid of an Igloo Ice chest lid with 1/4″ bolts or with suction cups or just laying on your boat seat or in a boat compartment totally unsecured. You’re running and hit a log or solid obstruction in open water. Your ice chest goes flying across your boat, your oxygen cylinder goes flying. The cylinder rips off the lid of your plastic ice chest and in a fraction of a second… the high-pressure cylinder valve breaks off the cylinder.

Watch and see what really happens to a high-pressure gas cylinder that is not well secured…  when the cylinder valve breaks off. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-xmaPSZ6GM

NEVER USE AIR TUBING OR RUBBER HOSE WITH 100% PURE OXYGEN SERVICE

The operating pressure of pure 100% oxygen inside the supply line tubing from the O2 regulator to the diffuser is 50 PSI. That is 3.4 ATMA pressure.

FIRE SAFETY – Applies to all livewell, holding tank, bait tank oxygen systems and components fishermen use regardless of product brand. Parts and oxygen supply tubing (commercial or homemade fishing O2 systems) must be CLEANED AND CERTIFIED FOR PURE OXYGEN SERVICE before use.

Air tubing purchased at aquarium stores and hardware stores and rubber hose bought at Big Box stores is not cleaned for 100% pure oxygen service @ 50 PSI – OXYGEN FIRE HAZARD. Air tubing and rubber tubing is not oil free or Certified for use with Pure Oxygen Service, 50 PSI operating pressure. The Fire Hazard of pure 100% oxygen is considerably greater than the fire hazard with pure oxygen @ ambient sea level pressure, 14.7 PSI @ 1.0 ATM pressure.

*** PURE 100% OXYGEN GAS AND OXYGEN-ENRICHED ATMOSPHERS (>24 % OXYGEN GAS CONCENTRATIONS) EXPOSED TO ANY PETROLEUM BASE PRODUCTS OR LIVE ELECTRICAL WIRES OR ELECTRICAL MOTORS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED – EXTREME FIRE HAZARD.

ESPECIALLY PURE 100% OXYGEN @ 50 PSI INSIDE OXYGEN SYPPLY TUBING.

 

C3-SAFETY USCG DOT CYLINDERS REGULATIONS

Oxygen use and oxygen equipment safety on boats is vital.

THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD REGULATES HIGH PRESSURE OXYGEN CYLINDERS ON BOATS

High pressure compressed oxygen cylinders are regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) when transported on boats… The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) codes apply for overland high pressure tank transports. The U.S.C.G. codes include high pressure SCUBA tanks and helium gas tanks on boats. All high-pressure gas cylinders must be safely secured to the vessel. The Coast Guard classifies oxygen and air the same, non-explosive gases.   Neither will explode or burn.

ACCIDENTLY BREAKING THE CYLINDER VALVE OFF AN UNSECURED HIGH PRESSURE OXYGEN CYLINDER IS VERY DANGEROUS ESPECIALLY ON A FISHING BOAT – ALWAYS USE CAUTION

SECURED HIGH PREASSURE O2 CYLINDERS ON BOATS MEANS: If you’re running fast in rough, choppy open water and accidently run into a solid obstruction, the O2 cylinder must stay in place, well secured and doesn’t break loose from a plastic ice chest lid and fly through the air or through the boat hull. High pressure oxygen cylinders attached to the lid of a plastic ice chest is not secure by any standard. VERY DANGEROUS.

At home, always secure your large oxygen cylinder with a chain to studs or the wall. Never leave the cylinder free-standing, chain it or lay it down on the floor or ground.

High concentrations of oxygen and oxygen enrichment (24% oxygen or greater) will cause all materials that will burn, including metal, to burn hotter, faster.

The requirements for fire are Oxygen, fuel and the ignition temperature, take one component away and fires cannot occur. We do not suggest securing the oxygen tank in the bilge, battery box or any place where oil, fuel or an electric arch may reach the components of the system. FIRE HAZARD

Oxygen cylinders may be mounted and secured vertically or horizontally, but they must be safely secured during transports. Never leave a high-pressure oxygen cylinder unsecured or free-standing.