Combustible Gas Awareness
There is a concerning lack of awareness of the potential dangers of gas in the home - from toxic carbon monoxide (produced from incomplete combustion) to combustible natural gas leaks. Whilst carbon monoxide cannot be detected without an alarm, stench agents are added to natural gas so it can be smelt.
However, as seen in recent research by Brown University, sound is often sufficient to disrupt sleep, whereas scents cannot - so every individual is at risk whilst sleeping.
There is also a worrying proportion of society who cannot detect its presence during the day, which primarily includes those over the age of 55 and those with illnesses diseases such as dementia. As with all senses, our ability to smell deteriorates with age, so the risk of being unable to smell combustible natural gas from a heater or cooker (without the help of gas detector) becomes increasingly likely. Those living with dementia may also show symptoms such as memory loss, disorientation and decreased judgement, so they may be more liable to forget about leaving a gas appliance on, alongside not being able to smell the gas produced.
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Combustible Gas Alarms
Combustible Gas can be produced at home and in recreational vehicles, and is found in two typical forms: Natural Gas which is the gas typically piped to homes (primarily methane) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG). Both of these can be extremely dangerous if the gas is able to reach a concentration high enough to become explosive, so it is vital that there are gas alarms to detect their presence.
FireAngel’s New Natural Gas Alarm
With a focus on detecting natural gas leaks in the home - potentially from cookers, boilers or gas fires - FireAngel’s new gas detector is specifically designed to sound when the gas concentration reaches 10% of the lower explosive limit.
The Natural Gas Alarm is the world’s first non-mains powered continuous monitoring gas alarm. It has replaceable AA lithium batteries, and so removes the necessity to install in the home with a connection to AC power. This also allows for the device to be taken on holiday, or have in mobile homes. Other features include:
- Sounds a loud 85dB alarm (at 1metre) to alert you in case of a gas leak emergency
- Suitable for caravans and boats (LPG version only)
- Smart Test / Silence / Reset button
- Independently tested and certified to BS EN 50194-1:2009.
To find out more information on the combustible gas detector, its positioning and installation, you can find the product page and user manual here.
Safety Measures At Home
In 2016, Age UK predicted that the number of those aged 65 and over would increase by more than 40% by 2033, and the Alzheimer’s Society research predicted that an additional one million people would be living with dementia in 2025.
In light of these statistics, it is increasingly important that these vulnerable individuals are protected against all of the potential risks they may face within their own home. From gas detectors, carbon monoxide alarms to interlinking fire alarms - there are a range of measures that can help protect tenants and support them living independently. This is particularly important within the social housing sector, which accommodates a high proportion of vulnerable tenants.
To find out more, please see our collection of blog posts for protecting vulnerable tenants, or you can download one of our eBooks to use for personal use, or for distribution to others:
Alternatively, if you are a landlord or tenant wishing to check fire safety in rental accomodation, you can download our free fire safety checklist here: