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There are many different hazardous gas monitors on the market today. Industrial applications are the place that most are put into place. There are single and multi-gas fixed detectors available. Selection is made based upon the area that is being monitored and which gasses are in the air. The most common detectors will identify propane, hydrogen, methane or carbon monoxide. There are versions of detectors which will monitor all four of these gasses.
The most popular gas detector for home use is the CO or carbon monoxide detector. Since this gas is odorless, tasteless and invisible, without a detector you could suffer from carbon monoxide poison and not be aware that the gas is in your home at dangerous levels. It is formed by the use of any flame-fueled device. The usual culprit in residential homes is the gas furnace. The most common carbon monoxide concentration is caused by auto emission. This is the reason that you should not leave a car running to warm up inside a closed garage. Even in an open garage, it can be dangerous. The gasses can accumulate inside the garage even though the door is open. Once you open the door from your home into the garage, you run the risk of air pushing the gas into your home. Of course, this problem occurs only if you garage is an attached garage. Without a detector, you would be completely unaware of the danger.
Because carbon monoxide attaches to the same hemoglobin molecules of red blood cells which need oxygen, it causes the molecules to no longer accept oxygen. In this case, the cells become oxygen starved and if not corrected in a short amount of time, can lead to death. It is because of these deaths that CO detectors have become commonly used in homes all over the country. The detectors have a short useable life-span of only two years or so. Even if the test button causes the alarm to sound, it is still prudent to replace a CO detector once it is 2 years old. They are inexpensively priced and the trade-off for safety from a gas that you would not otherwise detect is well worth the cost.
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