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Will a Carbon Monoxide Detector Detect a Natural Gas Leak?

Posted by on Feb 28, 2020 in Gas Detectors, Gas Leak Detection | 0 comments

If you regularly work around natural gas lines, your work environment could be at risk for sudden fire or explosion. That’s obvious. But there is also a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning in the event that low-level oxygen-starved burning occurs from a small leak.  How important is it to make sure that both CO and combustible gas detectors are present? 

Ultimately, no, a carbon monoxide detector cannot detect a natural gas leak. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas created when fuel is burned in the presence of low levels of oxygen. Carbon monoxide is very different from methane and cannot be detected with the same sensor. Carbon monoxide might appear during a gas leak, but a carbon monoxide detector is not normally capable of detecting natural gas.

Carbon Monoxide or Natural Gas?

Carbon monoxide is difficult to detect by the human nose but is known to cause rapid loss of consciousness. Similarly, natural gas is normally odorless but gas companies add mercaptan to make it smell like sulfur or rotten eggs. What’s more, natural gas leaks can usually be identified by a hissing sound or visible damage to a gas line.

That being said, not having a complete gas detection system could cause disastrous results. Along with the high flammability of natural gas, carbon monoxide can be fatal under certain conditions. Without proper warning, you could be at risk for sudden fire, explosion or toxic gas. To protect your environment, install a reliable gas detection system to detect dangerous levels of carbon monoxide and methane.

Pro Tip: Does your gas alarm configured to detect carbon monoxide? Install a high-performance sensor in your detection system to combat the poisonous health effects of carbon monoxide.

Types of Natural Gas Detectors

Monitoring unsafe levels of methane in natural gas is crucial to combat natural gas poisoning and combustion. GDS Corp offers a number of gas detection solutions to monitor your gas lines.

  • GASMAX CX Gas Monitor – Single or dual channel gas monitor certified for hazardous areas where gas readings need to be transmitted in real-time.
  • GASMAX II Gas MonitorSingle or dual channel gas monitor of any combination of one toxic and one combustible (bridge-type) sensor.
  • GDS-50 Gas SensorDC-powered infrared gas sensor of any toxic or combustible gas in Class I Div 1 hazardous areas.
  • GDS-IR Gas SensorInfrared gas sensor used to detect carbon dioxide or explosive levels of methane or propane in harsh environments.

Choosing the Best Gas Leak Detectors

Whether you’re protecting against natural gas leaks or the presence of carbon monoxide in your manufacturing or industrial process, finding the right gas monitor is important. In addition to carbon monoxide alarms and smoke detectors, a complete detection system can be customized for you. Be sure to protect your health and working environments from the many dangers of natural gas.

Do you need an accurate and trusted detection system? Connect with our professional technicians to help you choose the best gas leak detector.

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How To Set Up A Natural Gas Monitoring System In Pipelines

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Gas Leak Detection | 0 comments

As one of the most available sources of energy, natural gas has quickly become a very popular choice for those within industrial settings. However, because natural gas is often found in remote locations, it becomes necessary to use a pipeline to transport the gas. To ensure the transport process is as safe as possible, methane gas detection systems are used to ensure employees are able to perform their jobs in a safe working environment, and also helps to keep equipment safe as well. Due to this and much more, it’s imperative to have pipelines protected by systems that are accurate and reliable. When it comes to methane gas detection, here are some key steps involved in setting up a natural gas monitoring system in pipelines.

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Determining Why Worksite Gas Sensors are Providing Inaccurate Results

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Gas Leak Detection | 0 comments

Properly functioning gas analyzers are a vital part of any facility’s safety and health policy. This is especially true when one considers the dangers posed by an undetected buildup of flammable gas, which can often result in fires or explosions that can damage or destroy the entire facility. For this reason, determining why a gas analyzer is not giving accurate readings is a core part of any comprehensive workplace safety plan. If a gas analyzer is not giving accurate readings, it is a clear danger to the facility and employees alike, in addition to the potential legal issues that might arise. However, it is important to determine why the analyzer is not giving accurate results in order to find an effective counter for the issue.

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Leak Detection Efforts To Be Stepped Up To Control Gas Leaks

Posted by on Jul 2, 2016 in Gas Leak Detection, Leak Detector Kit | 0 comments

Gas leaks can be devastating to the environment, as it can accelerate the greenhouse effect, making the climate warmer. Industrial facilities that produce gas as a by-product or leak gas due to faulty equipment need to be monitored and repaired promptly to prevent further damage to the environment. There are many gas monitoring systems that you can use to detect gas leak, depending on the type of your facility. Read this article to find out why leak detection efforts need to be stepped up to control gas leaks from oil and gas wells and pipelines.

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Oil And Gas Operators Should Be Investing In Leak Detection And Repair Efforts

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in Gas Detectors, Gas Leak Detection, Leak Detector Kit | 0 comments

Methane emissions are on the increase, according to recent studies. Oil and gas operators will do well to invest in leak detection and repair efforts as they can save money in the long run. When methane gas emissions are sealed, it will prevent loss of precious fuel source, resulting in economic benefits. From using drones to detect leaks in remote locations to using apps to monitor underground pipelines, there are many ways in which oil and gas operators can invest in leak detection and repair initiatives.

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