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CO2 Manufacturers Safety Information

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A Powerlet cartridge, commonly referred to as a CO2 charger, is a small disposable metal container holding anything between 8g – 88g of compressed CO2 and often a small quantity of oil, used as a power source for certain air guns, airsoft guns, air rifles, paintball guns, and for quick inflation of various devices, such as a personal flotation device. 

CO2 or Carbon Dioxide is an odourless, colourless, non-inflammable gas with a light sour taste; it does not contain any minerals, salts or other solid ingredients.

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CO2 Cartridges are an age restricted product – you must be at least 18 years old in order to purchase. CO2 is age restricted due to being a pressurised gas, as the cartridges are filled with liquified gas under high pressure. It can be potentially dangerous if handled incorrectly. 

CO2 Cartridges get very cold when punctured. If you are burnt by freezing gas you must immediately seek medical advice. A high pressure gas burn can cause deep tissue damage which is not immediately obvious at the time of the injury.

Storing Co2 Cartridges

Must be kept out of reach or accessibility of minors under the age of 18 years old. CO2 Chargers must be kept in a cool place (under 50°C) and must not be exposed to direct heat. 

For over a century CO2 has been recognised as a workplace hazard at high concentrations. However, CO2 is naturally present in the air we breathe at a concentration of about 0.037% and is not harmful to health at low concentrations. 

Inhalation: Low concentrations are not harmful. Higher concentrations can affect respiratory function and cause excitation followed by depression of the central nervous system. A high concentration can displace oxygen in the air. 

CO2 is not flammable and cannot be ignited and is in fact very commonly used in fire extinguishers to put out electrical fires.

Co2 Disposal and Recycling

Used chargers are non-refillable, but are made of steel which is 100% recyclable where steel recycling programs exist. To be properly recycled, CO2 Cartridges must be expelled of all gas before being chopped in half by appropriate machinery. This is a safety measure set out by the manufacturers to ensure that the cartridges are completely empty of compressed gas before being put through recycling machines which could be very dangerous.