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5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Gas Detector

Author: Finn & Conway, Inc. | Date Submitted: Saturday, 04/10/2021



5 Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Gas Detector


Whether you run a company with a big warehouse or a small business facility you need a gas detector. According to Reuters, there are about 25 gas explosions per year that cause five deaths.


Those numbers may not seem like a lot, but, that's one too many. You don't want to be responsible for your employees or customers being injured or killed.


That's why choosing a gas detector is extremely important. Read on to learn five factors you should consider before making your choice.



1. What Are the Risk Factors?

The first thing you need to know is what the risk factors are. You can't choose the right equipment without knowing what you'll need it for. You should always be performing regular assessments of hazardous gas or contaminants on your facility.

It's not only the right thing to do, it's the law. You want your employees to feel safe and protected while they're working.

Plus, you want to protect your customers and expensive tools and materials at the same time. Gas safety measures shouldn't be thrown by the wayside.


2. Know the Features

After you've figured out the risk factors in your warehouse or facility it's time to learn about the features of gas detection products. You should consider every kind of situation or scenario.

Once you know what types of gas in or around your facility you can then choose the right gas detectors. There are different devices to detect different gasses.

You also need to know whether you're going to do a sample draw method or a diffusion.

Sample draw kits are for manholes, utility vaults, or other spaces underground. Diffusion kits are for detecting atmospheric gasses.


3. Different Gas Detection Options

There are six different types of gas detector options you can choose from. You have single gas, multi-gas, and fixed. You also have transportable and personal. You can also combine them and have a whole gas detection system.

Single gas will only detect one type of gas, Multi-gas will measure several different types of gas at the same time.

Transportable detectors are just that, they can be transported. Personal gas detectors are for your employees to carry with them onto each job site or inspection. Fixed detectors are mounted in an area and will alarm you if there's gas in a facility.


4. Communication is Key

Communication is important in most aspects of life. And when it comes to communicating the risk factors of hazardous gasses it's extremely important.

You can have a system that relays information in real-time and will protect your workers continuously.


5. Don't Forget to Calibrate

Testing gas detectors once you've installed them is very important as well. You should test and calibrate them every 30 days.




Choosing a Gas Detector

Choosing a gas detector is of utmost importance. You need to protect your workers and customers as well as your equipment and assets. Now that you've learned these five great tips, contact us to make your facility safer and keep your workers safe.



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