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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Gas Alarms to Monitor Land Fill Methane Gas

Question about the product Safety Siren Pro Series Combustible Gas Alarm

Q: "I work for a disposal company with a maintenance building located on an old landfill. Recently, an employee complained about a gas odor. We had a professional inspector come in who reported a small amount of methane gas was leaking into that building. We need 6 gas monitors for that building. Is the Family Safety Gas Monitor the best choice? We've check with local authorities and there is no code that specifies we must install commercial monitors. " - Dave

Answer: The Family Safety Products gas monitor meets all the UL1484 standards and would meet your needs if you have an electrician install electrical outlets in each room that are within 6 inches of the ceiling. That is because methane is lighter than air and tends to puddle above a leak. Most standard electrical outlets are about 18 inches from the floor so this unit would not detect gas if installed that low. One advantage of this unit is that it has a tamper proof feature, a hole through which you can put the outlet cover screw and keep the unit installed.

If you do not want to install the electrical outlets, then I recommend that you purchase 6 of the Safe-T-Alert 40-411AC gas alarms and install them. These units feature a 65 inch cord so you can mount them nearer to the ceiling without installing new electrical outlets. Since this is a maintenance building, you may already have outlets higher than 18 inches from the floor. Or you can use an extension cord.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

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