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Between 2003 and the end of 2012, the UK Fire and Rescue Service operated a significantly excessive and very disruptive protocol for dealing with fires involving acetylene cylinders. This original protocol caused much misinformation to circulate about the behaviour of acetylene in response to fire – and in turn influenced the Health and Safety Executive and many ancillary bodies, such as insurers, to recommend that oxy-acetylene should be replaced by oxy-propane where possible.
Following detailed research, this has since been re-assessed through the ‘BAM Research’ project. You can find out more on the BCGA website. The Fire and Rescue Service protocol for acetylene fires was officially changed with effect from 30th November 2012.
The reality now is that an acetylene fire need be no more disruptive than any other fire involving gas cylinders and that in many scenarios, oxy-acetylene is the safer option to choose.