What Are The Benefits of Gas Detection Systems?

November 16, 2015

Gaseous compounds represent a hidden danger, one that our five senses can't always identify. And, even if a wary worker or homeowner should become aware of this floating menace, it can be too late to take action because a truly toxic atmospheric hazard will steal consciousness away after a single breath. Gas detection systems are designed as a substitute for our senses, as an electronic countermeasure that exposes the presence of a gas and sets off an alarm, an alert that saves lives, property and the environment.

The Benefits of an Early Warning System

Chemical processes create poisonous gases with toxic properties. Fuel refineries produce gaseous mixes that can explode when exposed to a spark. Even homes and offices carry risks from stealthy invisible clouds, as carbon monoxide poisons breathable air when a furnace exhaust becomes blocked. Invisible and all too often odourless, the advantages of reliable gas detection systems during a leakage event are clear. The specially manufactured sensors analyse the air, constantly evaluating the particulate matter floating within the building's breathable air. At the first sign of a gaseous contaminant, an alarm is triggered, an alert that gifts the occupants with a precious extra minute or two so that the building can be cleared. These detectors save lives every single day.

Sporting Industrial Versatility

The devices covered so far have become a standard part of home life. We see them as the little white housings that are fixed on ceilings and walls, always sniffing for the scent of a carbon monoxide molecule, but industrial applications use a different configuration. Why should this change-up in detection technology be needed? Well, additional hazards exist within chemical facilities and fuel refineries. A gas leak in one of these structures will threaten entire communities. Explosive risks exist here. Toxic poisoning can endanger whole regions, poisoning a local ecosystem for decades. Gas detection systems, at least in this sensitive situation, are far more sensitive and capable. They trigger an alarm, again clearing the facility of personnel, but they also possess limited access to the production area, such as the ability to close fuel valves. The alarm saves nearby workers, but the act of snapping shut the valve and cutting off the leak could save the entire complex from a devastating explosion.

Invisible gases produce their own noxious poisons, or they simply displace oxygen, causing biological respiration to slow and tire. They burn and combust, even rising as a cloud of methane from a sewage facility. Subterranean mines risk a similar fate as sulfuric fumes and methane clouds build in poorly ventilated shaft. External detectors and wearable variants function in these situations, constantly sampling the air and displaying the integrity of the atmosphere on a digital readout. Our sense of smell and ability to see widely distributed gas clouds might be relatively poor, but gas detection technology won't be fooled.

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