System-Monitored Gas Detectors and CO2 Monitoring Systems Provide the Highest Level of Protection Against Silent Killers

Ideally, natural gas burns in an appliance completely and efficiently, mixing with the oxygen in the air to produce harmless carbon dioxide (CO2) and water vapor. But if conditions aren't right, the natural gas won't combust completely, giving off deadly fumes of carbon monoxide (CO).

There are also dire consequences should there be a natural gas leak where a pocket of combustible fumes collects in concentrated form. Should an appliance, such as a water heater, generate a spark when kicking on, this could be ample ignition to cause an explosion.

These examples show the importance of having a monitored gas detection system to guard against tragedy.

Perils of Natural Gas

Natural gas is commonly used by appliances for cooking and heating. Should there ever be a weakened connection or loosened valve, a leak can occur resulting in a build-up of explosive and/or asphyxiating gas.

Although gas companies commonly mix mercaptan with the natural gas source to produce a rotten-egg smell, gas detectors are much more effective than the human nose to help protect you and your business. Plus, a system monitored by EMERgency24 will provide protection should the leak occur while people are sleeping, such as in a hotel, or while your business is unoccupied.

Natural gas includes a group of gases that are colorless and odorless compounds, not only poisonous but combustible and extremely explosive.

  • Methane is a natural gas used for fuel which is formed by decomposition of plant or animal matter.
  • Propane occurs in natural gas and in crude oil and is commonly used to fuel portable heating and cooking appliances.
  • Butane is a colorless gas used in aerosol components, fuel, solvent, lighters and soldering tools.
  • Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas produced from the partial combustion of carbon-containing compounds. When humans breathe in carbon monoxide, it enters the bloodstream and depletes oxygen from the blood cells.

Why CO2 Monitoring is Important - Effects of Carbon Monoxide Exposure:

A lack of oxygen causes headaches and nausea followed by unconsciousness and ultimately death. Research shows that two out of every 1,000 CO-exposure poisonings may prove fatal in less than 30 minutes if there is a high concentration of gas in the air. (See sidebar at right)

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Carbon Monoxide levels at Parts per Millions (PPM) and Exposure Symptoms:

  • 50 PPM - Safe exposure as specified by the Health and Safety Executive
  • 200 PPM - Mild exposure with symptoms of headaches for 2-3 hours
  • 400 PPM - Severe exposure with symptoms of widespread headaches in three hours
  • 800 PPM - Extreme exposure with symptoms of dizziness, nausea, convulsions and death within 45 minutes