An extremely deadly toxic gas, carbon monoxide has no color or smell, making it difficult to detect without the use of a sophisticated detection system. Whether a leak occurs in a small confined space or a larger manufacturing area or lab, the results can be tragic within minutes. As a result, many buildings require carbon dioxide gas detectors be installed near confined spaces, in warehouses, and next to pipes, valves, and equipment where these leaks may develop. Due to their importance, companies actively seek out as much information as possible regarding these systems. To know what you should look for in a detector and where best to have them installed, here are some helpful tips.

State-of-the-Art Alarms

When a gas buildup of this nature occurs, it is crucial the carbon dioxide detectors be equipped with alarm systems that can work in a multitude of different work environments. Because of this, most detection systems have sirens, flashing lights, and strobes that can work in confined spaces, large industrial plants, and many other work settings. Since workers facing these situations will only have a matter of minutes to take the necessary safety precautions, alarm systems will ultimately make the difference between life and death in these instances.

Central Monitoring

When a dangerous gas buildup occurs, time will be of the essence. However, since people will be located in many different areas, being able to scan all sections of an area simultaneously can often save precious seconds needed for evacuations. Because of this, many facilities now use multi-location CO2 sensors. Able to be placed in a central location, these sensors constantly scan a wide area for toxic gas buildups. Once a small amount of gas is detected that appears to be getting worse, the monitoring system will transmit the data to engineers for immediate analysis.

Portable Monitoring

In many cases, a lethal gas buildup will happen in a confined space, warehouse, or other out-of-the-way setting where there may be only one or two employees. In these cases, the results are often tragic. In many instances, the reason behind a needless tragedy is a lack of sufficient monitoring devices in these isolated areas. To guard against this, more and more companies now choose to invest in portable CO2 meters. By giving these to engineers, technicians, supervisors, and other personnel who will be working in these areas, it then becomes possible to accurately and reliably monitor confined spaces and warehouses. Considered very affordable for most companies, these portable monitoring devices can link to mobile devices via wireless technology, allowing the real-time data to be sent to tablets, laptops, or smartphones for immediate analysis by on or off-site personnel.

Due to the important role a carbon dioxide detector can play in keeping employees safe from an unexpected and undetectable toxic gas buildup, companies now make these detectors part of their industrial safety programs. To get more information about how these detectors can help your company, fill the contact form or speak to an Applications Engineer by calling 409-927-2980.