If a natural gas leak occurs, a fire or explosion may happen in mere minutes. Due to the potentially catastrophic events that may follow, industrial facilities and other work environments rely more and more on sophisticated natural gas leak detectors to keep these dangerous events from occurring. However, because facilities vary in layout, size, and types of equipment, knowing how to select the best natural gas detection systems for a specific facility can be difficult. Since the previously-mentioned factors such as facility layout and size, along with the specific work environment, should be taken into consideration, it can take some time to make a final decision. To help speed up this process, here are some details about these detectors to help make your decision easier.
Work Environment Questions
For natural gas detector alarms to work effectively, they must be able to withstand specific elements of a facility’s work environment. Fortunately, as technology has evolved with these detectors, most are able to function very well in almost any type of work environment. However, since some facilities may have extreme temperatures, humidity levels, or high levels of dust or dirt, it is always best to have an assessment conducted of a facility before selecting a specific type of detector. In addition, also make sure the detectors chosen have multiple alarm systems, such as sirens, strobes, and warning lights that flash. By doing so, the detectors will thus be able to alert workers in situations where noise or other factors may make it more difficult to evacuate safely.
Since many workers spend the majority of their workday in confined spaces, it is vital they be able to have accurate and reliable data regarding gas levels in these areas. Since a natural gas buildup can occur in confined spaces much faster than in larger areas, workers now rely on portable natural gas monitors while performing equipment repairs, installations, and troubleshooting. Though small enough to be clipped onto shirt pockets or belts, these monitors can nevertheless transmit real-time data regarding gas levels in confined spaces. In addition, they can also send data to engineers located in monitoring centers, adding an extra level of safety to these situations.
Variety of Sensors
As technology has been used in more and more innovative ways with natural gas sensors, facilities can now choose not only portable monitors, but also standalone or conventional sensors. While conventional sensors are used by many companies due to their lower cost and ability to be installed virtually anywhere, standalone sensors are starting to gain in popularity. Though they may cost as much as $25,000 per sensor, the ability to need only one sensor to monitor a very large area eliminates the need for multiple sensors. As a result, maintenance costs linked to sensors decreases dramatically, along with the need for constant replacement of sensors. And as an added bonus, standalone sensors are able to self-calibrate, meaning they can be programmed to monitor an area for gas levels falling within a certain range.