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Eliminate Fire Hazards: How to Tell if Combustible Gas is in Your Work
Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Your work environment should always be considered safe. You and your employees spend hours on end in this space. One danger you need to be protected against is gas leakage, which is one of the major fire hazards.

Natural gas is a great and efficient source of energy. It provides over half the buildings in the U.S. the ability to heat, cool, cook, or dry clothing. But if the gas isn't properly installed, then the gas leaks become a danger.

Risks of a Gas Leakage

Why bother spending time checking or preventing gas leaks? Because the toxic compounds in combustion gases can lead to quite a few issues. These include headaches, severe illness, poisoning, and (in extreme cases) death.

These effects come from the toxins found inside combustible gases (e.g., carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. The severity of the side effects depends on the type of fuel that's being burned, the type of burner, the venting system, and the condition of your heating system.

Detecting a Gas Leakage

It's important that you have a good detection system in place to avoid any of the consequences mentioned above. The steps should detect any gas spillage or leakage before side effects are felt by people in the building. Below are three ways to detect gas leakages; preferably, you'll be using all of them.

Watch Out for Warning Signs

If you or your employees show any kinds of symptoms of gas leakage, then you will need to take action. These signs include:

  • Constant headaches and throat or skin irritations
  • Gas odors in the building
  • Hot and thick air around the heating
  • Soot stains or unusual rumblings
  • Melted plastic around any heaters
  • Combustion odors anywhere in the house

Keep an eye out for the above. The issue with this detection system is that it relies on your ability to recognize the signs.

Do Regular Tests

All your appliances should receive regular tests or upgrades in order to avoid any breakdown. This will avoid gas leaks or spills. There are also quick tests and guides to help you understand how well your machine is working, like the Chimney Flow Test.

Keep in mind that these tests are not possible with combustion appliances that are sealed.

Install the Right Devices

The best way to make sure you catch gas leakages on time is by installing detection software into your building. Smoke alarms and CO alarms should be installed in your building as a first step. There are also other great products that can help:

  • Modular Gas Detector
  • Gas Alarm Module

A Modular Gas Detector is a flexible system with a variety of options. It can be fitted according to the individual gas detection and alarm requirements of a building. This makes it especially reliable as an alarm system. It can be applied to both simple and complex gas applications. It's also economical and low maintenance.

Gas Alarm Modules are small and compact electronic devices that provide an alarm system, display, and signal retransmission functions of any gas detection system. They're a great add-on to ensure reliable caution, alarm, and warning set points.

Avoid The Dangers of Fire Hazards

The world is pretty uncertain and poses risks. However, if you take the right measures, then you can create a safer environment for yourself and your employees. Avoid fire hazards by implementing the right detection software and recognizing symptoms.

Our goal at ATI is to help provide our customers with the knowledge needed to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Toward this goal, we strive to develop and produce the highest quality instruments available. Our commitment to continuous improvement of analytical sensing systems is the key to our steadily expanding monitoring capability, and provides our users with the power of reliable information. Contact us if you are interested in learning more!

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