While natural gas is one of the most efficient forms of energy, it can also be one of the most volatile. As a result, fires and explosions are always a possibility, especially if pipelines are not properly monitored for leaks. However, due to the complexities associated with these pipelines, such as often being located in remote locations, accurate and reliable monitoring can present many challenges. To help with this, natural gas leak detectors are equipped with a variety of features that rely on state-of-the-art electronics to help locate leaks within pipelines. If you want to know better ways to stop natural gas pipeline leaks, here are some crucial details.
Place Detectors in Strategic Locations
When installing natural gas sensors, always make sure they are placed in the most strategic locations where potential leaks may occur. In many cases, this may mean positioning the sensors near areas where valves and equipment may be located, since these areas are often prone to leaks. However, be sure that when placing sensors in these locations they will not be affected by equipment shocks or vibrations, since this can potentially result in incorrect data or false alarms.
Rely on Wireless Technology
As more industrial facilities now incorporate wireless technology into their operations, this has become a much more important aspect of many safety programs within the oil and gas industry. By having natural gas detectors equipped with wireless technology, they can immediately be linked to not only a facility’s wireless network, but also to mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones. With this capability, personnel such as engineers, instrumentation technicians, and safety personnel can have access to real-time data no matter where they are located, which can be critical in the event of an emergency.
Invest in Portable Monitors
While using fixed natural gas sensor detectors is crucial to maintaining the highest levels of safety around natural gas pipelines, many companies are also taking advantage of portable gas detectors in an effort to keep employees even safer. By using portable monitors, technicians and engineers who need to be performing inspections, repairs, installations, or troubleshooting of equipment can do so knowing they are much safer. Since today’s portable monitors are smaller than cellphones, clip to clothing, and transmit real-time data to nearby monitoring personnel, employees can perform their tasks while having hands-free monitoring that is just as accurate as fixed detectors.
Always Have Multiple Alarms
Since many catastrophic fires and explosions on natural gas pipelines happen due to undetected leaks, it is imperative any detection system being used have multiple alarm relays. By having such options as sirens, strobes, and flashing lights, workers can be alerted to leaks as soon as they are detected. In doing so, technicians and engineers can quickly learn where a leak is occurring on the pipeline and initiate emergency procedures such as equipment repairs or shutdowns.
Should you require additional information about how to choose the best natural gas detector for your facility, contact GDS at www.gdscorp.com or by calling 409-927-2980.