What Your Business Needs To Know About CO Detectors

Wednesday, September 15th, 2021
carbon monoxide detector

Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous gas that typically has no odor and can go undetected. This is why your business needs to install detectors to prevent any CO poisoning from happening. Carbon Monoxide can cause damage to your heart, brain, and other vital organs because it displaces oxygen in the blood. 

According to this article, any building that uses gas or fuel-burning appliances is required to install and maintain Carbon Monoxide Alarms. 

How to prevent CO poisoning

Paired with a CO detector in your building, here are some specific ways that you, as a business owner, can prevent CO poisoning. 

  • Always make sure that you operate your gas burning appliances in a well-ventilated area
  • Keep rooms ventilated if you have energy-efficient insulation
  • Service your heaters before the winter season
  • Fuel your heaters in a well-ventilated area
  • Always maintain your carbon monoxide detectors

Industries that could be affected and how

  • FirefightersFirefighters spend their days going into buildings that are obstructed. They take all of the necessary precautions when they are working so that they can avoid any injuries. 
  • WeldersWelders use specific gasses when conducting their work. So, it is important for them to be aware of the dangers that Carbon Monoxide can present.
  • MechanicsMechanics, like Welders, also use gasses in certain instances. They also work with running vehicles, so it’s important that they always keep their areas ventilated and are aware of the risks.
  • Tollbooth attendants- Tollbooth attendants spend their days in a small building directing the traffic that comes through. They always need a way to keep their area ventilated and safe from any gasses that can be transmitted by vehicles coming through. 
  • Police OfficersPolice Officers, much like Firefighters, are always walking into unknown situations. So, it’s always important for them to be aware of what’s going on and to take any precautions. 
  • Taxi DriversIt is obvious that Taxi Drivers spend their days in the car hauling passengers to their destination. Cars can put off a dangerous gas that needs to be ventilated, or else it can be harmful. It’s important that they realize the risks and take steps to prevent any CO poisoning from happening to them or their passengers. 

Where to install CO detectors

Much like fire alarms, it’s important to place CO detectors in the correct locations. Your business needs to follow all guidelines that are provided here by OSHA. When placing your CO detectors, they need to be in all rooms that have any fuel-burning equipment or appliances. According to this guide, you should place your detectors at least 6 inches from the ceiling. This is because the gas rises and the detector will be able to get a more accurate reading higher to the ceiling.

Get all of your CO Detector needs with Vitel Communications

Vitel Communications specializes in the installation of CO detectors for your business. We are equipped to inspect your building to designate the areas in which they are needed for your safety. If you are wanting to learn more about how we can help you, send us a message!