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How To Detect A Gas Leak On A Jobsite
Monday, June 10, 2019
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Over 400 people die from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning every year in the U.S. alone. With 50,000 more being emitted into hospitals due to CO poisoning.

With so many people getting sick from gas leaks, it is important to invest in ways to keep you safe. Below we are going to look at a few ways you can detect gas leaks on the jobsite, so you can have a safe work environment.

Gas Leak on the Jobsite: Telltale Signs

There are standard ways to tell if you have a gas leak, without detection systems in place. The two biggest being smell (rotten eggs) and sound (hissing from pipes). Dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and flame color are a few more ways to tell if you have a gas leak.

If you feel dizzy, fatigued, or nauseous go outside to see if your symptoms go away. If they leave once you are outside, you may have a gas leak.

Most businesses won't have to deal with checking flames. If you work in say, the restaurant industry, check your flames as an extra way to see if you have a gas leak. You want your flames to be blue, not orange or yellow.

Another way to tell if you have a potential gas leak is if you see fog or white mist surrounding the area of a leak. If this is the case, contact your local gas company.

One way you can test to see if you have a gas leak is to put soapy water where you think the leak has occurred. If bubbles start forming, you know you have a leak.

Gas Detectors

Using gas detectors you can check the levels of gas being released into your business. If the gas levels get too high the gas detector will alert you. When choosing a gas detector, get one with an alarm system to best protect your company.

Some gas alarms will alert the fire department for you, so you don't have to contact them yourself. This is especially important if the gas leak happens when no one is in the building.

There are two different forms of gas detectors that you can use in your business, portable and fixed.

Portable

Portable gas detectors are just as they sound. You carry them around to detect if there is any gas in the area around you.

These are better if you have many areas in your facility that you need to worry about leaks happening. Especially if can't afford to have many fixed detectors. You will be able to find the leak quickly and stop them before they become a serious problem.

The only downside to portable detectors is that you need to alert everyone yourself to the leak. An alarm won't sound throughout the building.

Fixed

You want fixed detectors located where you are worried about having leaks. They will detect gas in that vicinity and alert everyone in the building if a gas leak has occurred.

They have the added benefit of turning off gas valves in the area. These detectors can also open and close ventilation systems as needed.

Fixed can be more expensive depending on how many you need to buy. They can't detect the entire area of your building, only the place where it's been installed.

Depending on the type of business you have, it may be worth getting a fixed and portable detector. You can watch more hazardous areas with fixed detectors. Portable detectors you can use for areas you are somewhat worried about.

Clocking Out

When you leave for the day, you want to know your workplace will be a safe place to return to. Trust your senses and in the equipment in your company to safeguard you from danger. If you have a gas leak on

If you have a gas leak on the jobsite make sure you leave the area immediately, don't delay. No more people need to get sick from OC poisoning.

Visit our blog if you want to learn more about the different ways you can protect your business from gas leaks.

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