Ways Your Business Can Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Posted by William Kimmell on 26th May 2023
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas produced by fuel-burning appliances like furnaces, generators, and vehicles. Without proper precautions, carbon monoxide poisoning can lead to severe health issues and even death. Protect building occupants with these practical ways your business can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
Maintain Heating Systems
If your furnace uses natural gas, oil, or propane to produce heat, it also produces carbon monoxide. A properly functioning furnace keeps the CO separate from the rest of the air. Maintain your heating system to ensure the CO does not enter the air circulating throughout your business.
A professional HVAC technician can inspect and service your heating system annually. They will clean and tune up the appliance by adjusting the gas pressure, ensuring proper functioning, and reducing the risk of carbon monoxide emissions.
Inspect Fuel-Burning Appliances
While heating systems are some of the most common sources of CO in businesses, other fuel-burning equipment can also produce CO. Inspect these appliances and promptly repair or replace faulty components to prevent CO emissions.
Ensure Adequate Ventilation
People who work in enclosed spaces have an elevated risk of exposure to CO because the gas can build up more easily. Ventilation systems include exhaust fans, vents, and fresh air intakes; use exhaust ventilation and extraction fans to remove CO from your building.
Avoid blocking vents or exhaust pipes with items such as furniture or equipment. Clearing these obstructions reduces the risk of CO poisoning.
Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Installing CO detectors is an effective way your business can prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Place detectors in strategic locations, such as near fuel-burning appliances and in parking garages.
Follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions to ensure reliable detector performance. Regularly test the detectors and replace the batteries as needed—usually annually. CO detectors provide fast warnings that help people evacuate the building safely, so don’t neglect your system.
Protect workers, customers, and visitors by installing a carbon monoxide detector for parking garages in your business’s parking facility. Detection systems from TG Technical Services can safeguard everything from smaller parking spaces to multi-level parking facilities. Find your CO detector with us today.