According to the Health and Safety Executive, most fatalities from gas are not caused by explosions or fire but by poisoning.
A lot of people are aware of the need for a smoke alarm. However, it is easy to forget that there are other potentially dangerous gases that can affect you. Whether you are working in an industrial environment or using a gas powered oven in your home the right gas detector alarm can help prevent serious damage to your health and give you and anyone in the immediate area the chance to evacuate.
What They Are Used For
Gas detector alarms are used to detect household gas, liquefied petroleum gas (aka LPG) and natural gas. The alarms are programmed to detect changes in density. If the density of the gas reaches a dangerous level then this will trigger the alarm.
How To Use A Gas Detector Alarm
- Plug in the gas detector and allow it to pre-heat for 2 minutes. During this time it will show the red warning LED light (however at this point it can’t detect gas).
- To test the alarm press and hold the test button for a few seconds until the alarm beeps and the red LED light flashes.
- The loud alarm signal should only go off when the gas density reaches a set amount.
- If you want to use the detector to test for natural gas you should install it 50 cm below the ceiling. For petroleum gas detection the alarm should be installed 30 cm from the ground.
- The alarm must not be used in humid, damp, dusty or smoky environments.
- Keep the alarm out of direct sunlight.
- Only qualified technicians should repair faulty gas detector alarms.
- Make sure that the alarm is installed somewhere that is out of the reach of children.
Gas detector alarms could make the difference when it comes to detecting faulty appliances and preventing damage to people’s health caused by gas leaks.