Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless gas produced following incomplete combustion in gas units.
It's also a silent killer that can be a real danger in homes if gas appliances aren't properly serviced. The best way to reduce the risk of fatal exposure is to ensure all units are regularly maintained and serviced by expert gas fitters that use the latest in climate monitoring technology.
The dangers of carbon monoxide
Aside from the fact that the gas is difficult to detect without expert tools, exposure symptoms are also similar to that of other illnesses. Headaches, fatigue and nausea are all indications of flu – but they could also mean carbon monoxide is affecting indoor air quality.
Small concentrations of the gas are not lethal, but higher quantities can contribute to individuals passing out, or even death. There have been a number of highly publicised cases of carbon monoxide poisoning requiring hospitalisation in Victoria recently, showing how widespread the issue is and how little people know about safe gas unit management.
Improving gas unit safety
Energy Safe Victoria claims that all gas appliances should be serviced at least once every two years in order to ensure there is no risk of carbon monoxide leakage. The gas fitter or other maintenance service used should be accredited and comply with state safety standards, according to the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating.
How Testo helps reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
Using the services of accredited gas fitters kitted out with the best climate monitoring tools and being more conscious about the dangers of carbon monoxide will improve household safety nationwide.
To best combat this threat, gas fitters and plumbers need to arm themselves with the best-in-class equipment possible. Testo offer a range of gas analysis systems to help experts assess safety in the home. Testo's 310 Flue Gas Analyser uses ultra-sensitive sensor technology to analyse for up to five different gases, giving better oversight to any issues your gas heating units may have.
Meanwhile, the testo 317-3 Ambient Carbon Monoxide Meter provides a quick and easy way to test for ambient gases, ensuring there is no risk to indoor air quality.
For more details about our climate monitoring tools, contact us today. We can help talk you through the equipment you'll need to monitor for carbon monoxide and other parameters.