Unlike smoke detectors mandatory since 1 st January 2016, the presence of gas detectors in residential areas is optional. This inexpensive and easy-to-install device would save many lives each year.
The real dangers of gas
According to the statistics, nearly 3,000 people are poisoned every year by carbon monoxide, and almost 100 deaths are attributable to this odorless, invisible, but very toxic gas. Gas in France is responsible for dozens of house explosions a year, even in the absence of victims, the damage is often considerable.
Measures have been taken to limit the problems related to gas in the USA. All gas companies are obliged to deliver gas with an additive to their customers. This odorant chemical is used to report to residents the presence of gas leaks. However, when the leak occurs in an isolated area of the house or during the sleep of the occupants, a gas detector becomes essential to detect the gas emanation.
Carbon monoxide, much more damaging than commercial gas, is the result of poor combustion of a device such as a boiler, a gas stove, or maybe linked to faulty ventilation of a fireplace or stove. Odorless, it can not be detected as propane, butane, or city gas.
Are you choosing and adequately installing a gas detector?
On the market, there are different models. Some devices can detect natural gas (mostly methane) or bottled (butane and propane). Choosing the right gas detector for your home is imperative. The appliance must be positioned near the boiler, gas stove, or chimney. The location in the room is essential: methane and carbon monoxide detectors, gases lighter than air must be installed at a height about 30 cm from the ceiling while the butane and propane detector, gases denser than air must be put close to the ground.
To be sure of buying a reliable detector, it is imperative to bear the CE mark. This certification guarantees the origin of the product and the technical characteristics relating to the autonomy of the device and the detection thresholds.
Precautions to adopt when using gas
Before buying a natural gas contract, it is imperative to make sure that the pipes and gas pipes are in excellent condition. Also, in the case of a gas boiler in France, it is mandatory to have it checked at least once a year by a professional.