Lacking color and smell, carbon monoxide is not only one of the deadliest toxic gases, but also one of the most difficult to detect. Because of this, a typical buildup of this gas can occur in only several minutes, creating a potentially fatal situation for anyone in the area of the buildup. Due to the dangerous consequences that can result from these situations, industrial facilities, research labs, and other buildings where these gas buildups could happen rely on various types of carbon monoxide detectors to keep people and facilities safe. But if you need additional information as to what these detectors do and how they work, here are some key details about their various features and applications.

Advanced Alarm Systems

Since many kinds of equipment located in various types of buildings can trigger a carbon monoxide leak and buildup, one of the most important features found on these systems is state-of-the-art advanced alarm systems. When it comes to carbon monoxide alarms, the most common ones found on CO monitors are sirens, strobes, and flashing lights. Due to the gas having no color or smell, workers will have no knowledge of a buildup until it begins to affect them physically, which by then may be too late for them to evacuate the area. By having monitors installed with these various alarms, workers can be alerted if they are in noisy areas, spread out over long distances, or located in isolated areas such as warehouses or storage areas.

Monitoring of Multiple Locations

In years past, companies often needed to purchase numerous carbon monoxide monitors to install throughout a facility in order to safely scan for dangerous gas leaks and buildups. However, as technology has advanced regarding the electronics in these monitors, it is often possible to purchase a multi-location monitor that can be used to scan an entire facility for carbon monoxide leaks. By placing the monitor in a central location, leaks can be detected much faster and more efficiently, resulting in a much safer work environment. And best of all, money that would have been used to purchase a multitude of monitors can be spent on other areas, making the purchase of multi-location monitors very cost-effective.

Handheld and Portable Monitors

In many cases, the most serious carbon monoxide buildups occur in confined spaces, where workers have little time to evacuate before being overcome by the toxic gas. To make working in these areas safer, companies now invest in portable and handheld carbon monoxide detection devices. By having a portable carbon monoxide monitor with then while installing or repairing equipment, technicians and engineers can monitor their area for dangerous CO levels. Since the monitors are small like a cellphone and can be clipped to clothing or positioned nearby, workers can not only monitor their area’s gas levels, but also know the data is being transmitted in real-time to monitoring personnel on and off-site. With this feature, portable CO detectors can allow engineers to enact safety procedures much faster should an incident occur.