Warning about old scuba tanks in storage

Date: 1/6/2006

In Australia recently, an exploding scuba tank has prompted a warning to consumers about scuba tanks that are 15-30 years old. Scuba tanks that are made of aluminium alloy 6351 are susceptible to sustained load cracking when they become aged and are stored containing compressed air. It is important that these old tanks are either professionally tested and rated by a qualified person, or disposed of. Consumer Protection has recently been made aware of 12 tanks rupturing in recent years and of these occasions five have caused injuries.

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