Natural Gas Detectors

This could happen to you!

A very good friend of mine, Paul Mears, sent me the following email:
“Praise the Lord for “keeping” us!  The other day we woke up with our house filled with natural gas from the down stairs gas stove.  One of our boarders left the gas stove handle turned on all night.  Neither of the two boarders in the basement knew, but we sure did as our bathroom and master is right above the stove.  Called 911 which brought the fire department who checked and confirmed all seems to be ok after turning off the stove burner handle.”
This could happen to any of us. Accidents do happen. The question is how to protect your family from being involved in a catastrophic accident.

Natural Gas
Natural gas is the most common source of heat in the U.S. and is also used to power water heaters, clothes dryers and ovens. In the wild, natural gas is odorless, but the stuff that gets pumped into our homes has an odorant added to it, giving it its distinctive rotten egg smell. So in the case of a potential gas leak, your single best detector is your own nose. You can supplement your power of smell with a natural gas alarm, many of which will also test for propane and carbon monoxide.

Gas leaks are rare, but they can set off catastrophic explosions. So if your alarm does go off and you smell gas, it is best to leave the home and call the fire department immediately.

Propane is heavier than air, so a leak could potentially fill up a room, creating both a risk of asphyxiation or explosion. For most people, the tank for a gas grill is the only time they might come in contact with propane, and this tank alone doesn’t pose much of a risk since it is usually kept outside or in a garage. However, many RVs and trailers are propane-fueled. So if you have one of these vehicles, it’s a good idea to install a propane detector inside. Additionally, people that rely on a propane generator or an indoor propane heater should also invest in one of these alarms. Fortunately, most propane detectors will also alarm you to the presence of natural gas, so make sure to get a detector that can handle both to save yourself a little money.

Recommended Installation Locations
If you are a user of natural gas, mount your CO and gas alarm high on the wall (no closer than six inches from the ceiling) to ensure the earliest opportunity to detect a natural gas leak. CO and gas alarms should be mounted in or near bedrooms and living areas. It is recommended that you install a CO and gas alarm on each level of your home. When choosing your installation locations, make sure you can hear the alarm from all sleeping areas. If you install only one CO and gas alarm in your home, install it near bedrooms, not in the basement or furnace room.
• When wall mounting, place out of reach of children. Under no circumstances should children be allowed to handle the CO and gas alarm.
• Mounting the CO and gas alarm should depend on the type of explosive gas you intend to detect: If you are a user of natural gas, mount your CO and gas alarm high on the wall (no closer than six inches from the ceiling) to ensure the earliest opportunity to detect a natural gas leak. – If you are a user of propane, mount your CO and gas alarm near the floor to ensure the earliest opportunity to detect propane.

Paul Chose This One

Additional Links From Paul
1. Link to Federal information on CO you may find interesting and supportive:  

2. Link to know the difference between Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Natural Gas: 

3. Link from Consumer Reports; Smoke and CO Alarm Buying Guide:

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Tip Of The Hat To:

Ray Hammond
Duffy Realty
10 Cumming Street
Alpharetta, Georgia 30009


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