To: Heads of Fire Departments
From: Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal
Date: January 31, 2002
Re: Regulation Change on LP-Gas Cylinders

On April 2, 2002, Section 2-3.15 of NFPA 58-1998 will prohibit the refilling of any LP-gas container with a capacity between four pounds and 40 pounds that is not equipped with an Overfill Prevention Device.

NFPA 58-1998 has been adopted by reference by the Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (527 CMR 6.07(1)). The only exceptions to this regulation are forklift truck cylinders and welding/cutting gas cylinders. All cylinders manufactured or re-qualified after March 31, 2002 have been required to be OPD equipped.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Code Compliance and Enforcement Unit at 978-567-3300 or at our Western MA office at 413-587-3181.