It is extremely dangerous if high levels of LPG gas leak are undetected in your home.Gas detectors are installed to provide audible and visual warning of dangerous level of combustible and poisonous gases especially when the percentage of gas in the air lays between the lower explosive limit and upper explosive limit, these limits are dependent on the environment.
what is gas detector?
A gas detector is a device that detects the presence of gases in an area often as part of a safety system.this type of equipment is used to detect a gas leak or other emissions and can interface with a control system so a process can be automatically shut down. A gas detector can sound alarm to operators in the area where the leak is occurring, giving them the opportunity to leave.
types of Gas detectors
Gas detectors comes in two forms.
(1) portable gas detectors
(2) Fixed gas detectors
portable LPG gas detectors;
This type of device is mainly used by professionals when a gas leak is suspected and the source of the leak needs to be found quickly, these handheld devices provide both visual and audible warning should dangerous levels of gas be detected. portable devices only monitor for LPG gas when in use by a professional and should not be installed for domestic applications that requires continuous detection.
domestic or fixed gas detectors
They are fixed point device generally installed to monitor the levels of gas produced from a cooker, boiler or gas fire. this type of detector is ideal for all households that use bottled gas. high levels of LPG gas in the kitchen or home is usually caused by faulty appliance which produces leaks and also from a cooker hob that may have been left on without a flame.
recommended place to install gas detector
To install gas detector in the kitchen , it must be above the door and window height, about 6 inches (150mm) from the ceiling and within about 10 feet (3m) away from the appliance.
Keep your detectors away from window openings because the fresh air coming in could interfere with an accurate reading on the device.
6 safety tips when LPG gas leaked.
- Clear the kitchen, room or building of all occupants. do not re-enter the kitchen or building area until the space has been determined to be safe.
- Use every practical means to eliminate sources of ignition take precautions to prevent smoking,striking matches, operating electrical switches or devices,opening furnace doors etc.
- Ventilate the affected portion of the kitchen or building by opening windows and doors.
- Notify the fire service through their emergency numbers.
- Shut off the supply of gas to the affected area from the source of supply.
- find out if the presence of escaping gas is noticed in other parts of building.
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