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Dangers of Natural Gas

Natural gas is used in homes for cooking, heating and water heating. Natural Gas Alarms are therefore mainly used for gas cookers but also can be used to protect fires and other gas appliances (e.g. for Care in the Community).

Natural Gas is usually very safe and it is not poisonous. However, natural gas leaks can and do occur inside the home as a result of forgetting to light a gas ring or due to a pilot light blowing out. A natural gas leak can be dangerous because it increases the risk of fire or explosion.

Natural Gas is primarily composed of methane which in its natural state does not smell. Gas companies therefore add a warning “rotten-egg” odour so that leaking gas can be easily detected. Purchasing a natural gas detector is therefore advisable for those who have a poor sense of smell. It is also advisable for those who are not aware of what is going on around them as with some elderly or infirm people.

Symptoms of Exposure to a Natural Gas Leak

Headaches, Dizziness & Nausea. These symptoms are often the first sign of a gas leak. If the headache persists, especially if you have ventured outside or at work, then it is possible that you may have a natural gas leak. Consulting family members may also reveal similar symptoms.

Fatigue. Exposure to a natural gas leak can induce an overwhelming sense of fatigue or lethargy. This is caused by an insufficient oxygen flow in the body.

Irregular Breathing. The young and elderly may in particular experience bouts of irregular breathing. Natural gas leaks can  suck oxygen from the air to produce high concentrations of carbon dioxide, which in turn can lead to difficulty breathing (this can also reduce the amount of oxygen in your lungs and blood and cause unconsciousness).

What to do if you detect a gas leak

Open all your windows and doors to let air in and make sure all gas appliances are turned off. Turn the gas off at the mains if possible. Do not turn lights on/off and avoid using other electrical switches and appliances as this could trigger an explosion. Do not smoke, light a match or any other naked flame.

Call Transco Gas Emergencies line straight away. DO NOT make calls from your home as phone is capable of producing a spark, which could start a fire or explosion. So call from a phone outside and away from your home.

Do not attempt to investigate the problem or try to fix a leak or a faulty appliance. National Grid Gas Emergencies (Formally Transco) can be contacted on 0800 111 999 (24 hours)

The Amos Natural Gas Detector

The Amos Natural Gas Alarm (with optional valve) provides two key functions it: 1. detects leaks long before the gas reaches unsafe levels. 2. shuts off the gas supply to the appliance

A remote sensor can also be connected to the detector to increase the coverage of the unit. The detector can also trigger remote alarms so that remote monitoring stations can be made aware of the gas detector triggering