Wessex Fire and Security, part of the Wessex Group of companies based in North Dorset are pleased to have just completed the installation of a new aspirating smoke and gas detection and environmental monitoring system to clients Cannington Enterprises Ltd based in Bridgwater who manage anaerobic digestion and waste management.
This new detection system warns on the invisible hazards that can originate from the release of toxic gases. On the Cannington digester site the system will warn on excess Methane (CH4) and Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S).
The use of combustible and potential lethal gases/vapors, primarily methane, as fuel to power many forms of commercial and manufacturing equipment in petrochemical plants is widespread.
With the advantages of these cost-effective and relatively “green” fuels comes the added risk of a leak that could build quickly and result in an explosion if ignited. Water boilers, heating equipment, power generators and furnaces all benefit from the use of LPG/natural gas but are often located in unoccupied equipment rooms or basements where potentially explosive concentrations can go undetected. While ventilation systems can help reduce the consequences of a gas leak, early detection is highly recommended.
Added to this explosive risk is the ever present danger of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. CO is known as the “silent killer” as it has no taste, odour or colour to warn of its presence. Poorly serviced/inefficient gas-fired equipment commonly found in petrochemical facilities in areas with reduced airflow can lead to the build-up of this harmful gas, resulting in severe injury or in some cases death.
Wessex Fire and Security is proud to introduce such a new innovative product that, as with fire detection, proactive gas detection enables countermeasures to be taken to protect personnel and property from such unseen dangers.