While natural gas is popular in today’s world, it also must be carefully monitored at all times. Whether it is a pipeline located in remote wilderness or pipes, valves, and equipment located inside an industrial facility, it is crucial to have natural gas leak detectors placed in key locations. By doing so, the chances of a natural gas leak going undetected decreases dramatically. Since even a small leak can lead to a major fire or explosion, understanding the most important aspects of these detectors is necessary to keep workers and facilities as safe as possible.
Alarm Relay Systems
When a natural gas leak is detected in an area, those nearby must be warned as quickly as possible. However, since there may be factors at play such as noise, distance, and facility layout, it may be necessary to use multiple types of alarms to make sure everyone knows of the impending danger. Because of this, natural gas sensor detectors are often equipped with different alarm relay systems, which usually include flashing lights, strobes, and sirens. Thus, in the event of a natural gas leak, sirens can be used to alert workers at a distance or in isolated areas such as warehouses, while flashing lights and strobes can alert workers who are nearby or in areas where noise would hinder using a siren.
When a natural gas leak occurs, it is important many different personnel be notified as soon as possible. This includes engineers, technicians, safety personnel, and supervisors. To do so effectively, natural gas detectors are equipped with electronic systems that utilize wireless technology. With this capability, the detectors can immediately gather and transmit data in real-time to both on-site and off-site personnel. Thus, while on-site engineers and technicians are working to solve the problem, off-site personnel in monitoring centers can analyze data and make recommendations regarding equipment repairs or evacuations.
Whether in a lab setting, chemical plant, or even an offshore drilling platform, natural gas leaks often happen in confined spaces where equipment, pipes, and valves are located. Due to the isolation of these spaces, it can be very difficult to properly monitor these areas for potential problems. To deal with this issue, many companies now make it mandatory for maintenance technicians, engineers, and quality control inspectors to carry portable natural gas sensors with them when working in these areas. Though very small, the sensors are powerful enough to transmit data in real-time to monitoring personnel, and can also allow for hands-free monitoring while working on equipment, since they can be positioned on equipment or clipped to a person’s clothing.
Since working around natural gas can be potentially very dangerous, taking the necessary precautions regarding proper monitoring is a necessity in order to keep employees and facilities as safe as possible. If you still have additional questions about how to select the best natural gas detector for your needs, contact us here at GDS by calling 409-927-2980 or filling out a contact form online at www.gdscorp.com.