Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Known by many as the ‘silent killer’, carbon monoxide is a very dangerous gas mainly due to its ability to be undetectable by humans given it is odourless, tasteless and colourless. Also called CO, carbon monoxide is more common in industrial workplaces due to their burning of fuels such as natural gas, kerosene, oils, propane, petrol, wood and even coals.
For home residents, carbon monoxide can be found coming from:
- Gas Heaters
- Gas Stoves
- Car exhaust systems
- Power generators (petrol)
During winter, many people like to start their car in the garage to give it time to warm up before their drive to work, however, it should be noted that doing so can lead to high levels of CO from the car emmissions so please be careful if you undertake this practice. Be sure to leave the garage door open at all times when your car is running.
Is Carbon Monoxide dangerous?
Absolutely yes! You see, carbon monoxide has the ability to displace oxygen in your body, basically, preventing your body from being able to distribute oxygen. Because of this, CO has the strength to kill a human in under 3 mins.
What are the symptoms of CO poisioning?
CO is incredibly dangerous as some individuals will not experience a single symptom before they are fatally affected. Common symptoms that should be looked for include:
- General weakness
- Sudden confusion
- Becoming dizzy
- Tightness or general chest pain
How is carbon monoxide detected?
The best way to detect CO is to used a certified carbon monoxide detector. Honeywell Analytics manufacture a number of carbon monoxide detectors, all of which are available for purchase from us here at Australian Dynamic Technologies. The detectors are built to emit visual and/or audible alarms with dangerous levels of CO are detected.
How do carbon monoxide detectors work?
Carbon monoxide detectors alert users by emitting an audible or visual alarm when they detect a certain level of CO in the air over a set time period. We only stock the best CO monitors available such as the BW Clip4, GasAlertMicro 5 series and Honeywell BW™ Ultra just to name a few.
Across the wider CO detector market, a variety of methods are used to detect CO levels:
- Metal Oxide Semiconductors – when CO is detected by the silicia chip it will drop the electrical resistance which is turn sets off an alarm.
- Biomimetic sensor – a special gel will alter colour when it absorbs CO and the colour change in turn sets off the alarm.
- Electrochemical sensor – A chemical solution is used to immerse electrodes within an electrical current, when they touch carbon monoxide the alarm sounds.
It should be noted that once a CO detector alarm is triggered, it must be reset (in a CO free environment) before being used again.
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