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PMI Changes CO2 Labels
By Technical Editor, Bill Mills

Pursuit Marketing, Inc., (PMI) has launched the start of their new “Be Smart” CO2 safety program.  The first step in this program was the development for new labels for their Pure Energy line of CO2 tanks.  The new labels include expanded safety information.

Compressed gas accidents have been relatively few in the sport of paintball.  Often this leads to a relaxed attitude, when it is critical that certain steps be taken for compressed gas handling to be safe. 

In a recent press release from PMI announcing the new labels, Pure Energy product manager Jon Tysse stated “The new labels are a very positive educational tool to help both consumers and dealers informed regarding the hydro testing requirements we are all required to follow.”  

The specific testing requirements for any tank, CO2 or compressed air can be found by looking up the tank’s Department Of Transportation hazardous materials exemption (the certification under which the filled tank is not considered hazardous material) which can be found at the Department of Transportation’s web site HERE ( Note: lists of certified hydrotesters can also be found here.)

PMI has gone a step further than what is required by law, to promote safe use of their product.  Their new label also includes a clearly marked red date by which the tank must be re certified, to avoid the confusion of needing to look up the exemption information.  This will make things easier for field operators who will not have the luxury, or practical time to look up exemption numbers at their fill stations.  

Transportation of a tank that has been filled after the exemption is expired is a federal crime subject to significant fines, in addition to the safety risk it poses.

The top of the label is also clearly marked with a “Never Over Fill” warning, as overfilling can lead to excess pressure which will rupture the tank’s safety burst disk, possibly causing frostbite or other physical injury.  CO2 tank filling must be done with a scale to ensure that the tank is only filled to its maximum capacity in ounces.


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