Most of the time, carbon monoxide is associated with a gas leak inside a residential space such as a house’s garage or an apartment complex. That said, it can just as easily affect your workplace. Your HVAC system can help make a difference, but how? Here is more information about how HVAC units can help improve carbon monoxide safety.
Equipping your building with carbon monoxide detectors is your first line of defense against this hazard. However, they can’t prevent the leaks that lead to these incidents, and at levels that are too high, they might not be able to help all that much. To avoid disasters, pay attention to what myths and misconceptions about this colorless and odorless gas can tell you.
Don’t be afraid to use your air conditioning system for fear of causing a gas leak. Your employees will thank you as the weather outside starts to warm up and they don’t want to sweat through their workday. AC units don’t use fuel and don’t produce carbon monoxide as a result. Instead, it’s the furnace that could be the most likely suspect.
What about detectors? We touched on them briefly, but there is still more to say about them. For one thing, even if the detectors don’t go off, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a leak present. Even small amounts of exposure can be dangerous. If you get several complaints of health problems like chest pains, nausea, and fatigue, then it’s a good sign you need to do something about these reports.
If the detectors do activate, the most important thing to do is to clear out the building. Then call for aid from firefighters and other first responders. Make sure everyone in your office is accounted for as you would during a fire drill. Turn off all appliances and make sure the windows are open to get some much-needed ventilation.
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