Our quick introduction to methane and its risks

Methane is widely found in landfill and agriculture sites across the country, but that’s not to say it’s devoid of danger. Many of the risks that methane presents are difficult to monitor, so it’s vital to have some kind of methane detection system in place to pick up on any leaks. That’s where we can help. With more than 25 years of experience behind us here at Gas Alarm Systems, we use our extensive in-house expertise to deliver reliable, cost-effective fixed gas detection systems tailored to meet the specific hazards of your industry – including methane leaks. So, here’s our brief guide to the dangers that methane can pose.

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Key dangers posed by methane

The amount of danger that methane can present to your health very much depends on the amount you’re exposed to. Low levels of methane exposure from sources like the environment aren’t expected to have any adverse effects on health. However, high levels of methane can reduce the amount of oxygen you breathe from the air, which can result in mood changes, slurred speech, vision problems, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, facial flushing and headaches.

Characteristics of methane

In simple terms, methane is a colourless, highly flammable gas which is the primary component of natural gas. Sometimes referred to as biogas, or marsh gas, methane may be stored and/or transported under pressure as a liquid-gas. Methane gas from animal and landfill waste is captured and used to generate heat and electricity – it’s often used in homes for cooking, heating and generating electricity. Methane is produced naturally from the decay of natural material such as plant and animal matter, and it’s the second most significant greenhouse gas in the UK.

How methane gas detectors can protect you from exposure

Our methane gas detectors are one of the safest ways to reduce the likelihood of exposure. Depending on the size of your premises, you can install one or multiple gas alarms in your workplace – we’d always advise placing these detectors in key areas where the risk of leakage is at its highest, such as near containment tanks. Our detectors are designed to pick up on trace amounts of fumes, alerting your staff to the danger, and giving them plenty of time to vacate the area until it can be made safe.

Our gas detectors can be purchased as either fixed or portable devices and provide comprehensive protection from the risks posed by asphyxiate, toxic and flammable gases, by giving you early warning of a potential leak.

Our in-house experts take care to provide reliable, cost-effective solutions tailored to meet the specific hazards of your industry. Feel free to take a look at our range of fixed gas detection systems or portable gas detection monitors, including carbon monoxide systems and carbon dioxide systems, or if you have any questions or need any advice, by all means call us on 01423 862240, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.