Carbon dioxide as a gas is useful in many ways however it has several disadvantages as well. The following paper details the hazards associated with installing Carbon Dioxide System in an occupied area.
All you wanted to know about the hazards associated with installing Carbon Dioxide System in an occupied area.
Carbon dioxide is used across the globe as a fire suppressant but unfortunately there are many hazards associated with installing Carbon Dioxide System in an occupied area. (“Beaubien S.E”, 2012)
Below noted points will throw light on these hazards.
As carbon dioxide in gas form is 1.5 times denser as compared to air; it will be surely found in larger concentrations when it comes to low levels. So in an occupied area it would be very risky to install such system. It is suggested that proper ventilations systems must be installed for exhausting air and for letting makeup air to come in at an elevated point.
Dangerous levels of this gas can also form out of doors in trenches, valleys or depressions. (“Henderson R.”, 2006)
Although the hazards associated with use of carbon dioxide as a fire suppressant are very well understood by insurers, regulators and standard setting bodies but they are not well understood by people who carry out functions on such systems. So it is necessary that they should be given proper training and should be made aware of all the hazards associated with installing Carbon Dioxide System in an occupied area. (“Health and safety”, 2012)
I am certain after reading this article you have a complete idea about the hazards associated with installing Carbon Dioxide System in an occupied area. So next time you have to install a fire suppression system in your home or in your office please carry out a research and follow all safety precautions. After all your life is very important and should not be put at risk.
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2. Health and safety (2012). General hazards of carbon dioxide. 19 July 2012. Retrieved from http://www.hse.gov.uk/carboncapture/carbondioxide.htm
3. Beaubien S.E. (2012). Potential hazards of carbon dioxide leakage in storage systems-learning from natural systems. 20 August 2012. Retrieved from http://uregina.ca/ghgt7/PDF/papers/peer/146.pdf