Is your Small Business safe from Carbon Monoxide?
As a small business owner, safety hazards in the workplace are your worst nightmare. If you have any source of gas in your building, you could be putting your employees and customers in danger if you don’t equip yourself with a CO detector.
According to the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs, CO (the “silent killer”) leads to the death of over 50 Canadians every year, and cases of carbon monoxide poisoning are higher in winter than at any other time. The last thing you need in your business is having you clients getting poisonned when they take a visit to your establishment.
What is carbon monoxide (CO)?
CO is a colourless, odourless and tasteless gas that is toxic to humans. It can cause illness even at very low concentrations, and at high levels can cause convulsions, coma, brain damage and even death. CO enters the body through the lungs and prevents the flow of oxygen to the heart, brain, and other vital organs. Earlier in 2019, a carbon monoxide leak at a Winnipeg motel sent 46 people to the hospital.
At-work CO sources include heating from propane, natural gas or oil, cars, elevators or anything else that produces gas emissions. Cases of CO poisoning spike in the winter, when garages or warehouses are often left closed for too long without enough aeration. If any of your workplace equipment or utilities produce gas emissions, a commercial CO detector is an indispensable tool to protect your employees and customers.
- In 2017, two people were hospitalized and 26 others were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning after a CO leak at a food manufacturing and labeling plant in Saskatoon. The source? A propane-fueled forklift.
- In 2014, a member of a work crew at a Toronto property maintenance business died of carbon monoxide poisoning in the parking garage of a condominium. The source was determined to be gas-powered power washers, and it was also determined that the exhaust fans in the garage were not working. The company was charged under the Occupational Health and Safety Act and fined $75,000.
Will my smoke detector protect my business against carbon monoxide?
That’s a hard no. Photoelectric smoke detectors and CO detectors are two different things. And yes, you should have both because smoke detectors won’t protect you or your employees from CO poisoning. Only a carbon monoxide detector can, and it’s the only way to know if you have a problem.
CO detectors for business are an inexpensive, effective way to protect your business from harmful gas. They work by monitoring airborne concentration levels (parts per million) of carbon monoxide over time, and alerting you with sounds and visual signals when harmful levels are present. CO detectors are designed to sense both low levels of CO over long periods, and high levels over short periods.
Which CO detector should I choose?
The Wireless PowerG CO Detector is a proven early warning system for carbon monoxide. Upon detecting carbon monoxide, the detector activates visual and audible alarms, with large flashing LED lights and built-in 95db alarm buzzer. Featuring visible and transmitted low battery indication, auto-test and manual test buttons, the Wireless PowerG CO Detector is fully certified by the strictest and most demanding international standards for safety products in Europe LPCB UK, (EN 50291) and the USA (UL 2075).
And when our technicians come to install your carbon monoxide detector for business, they’ll place it in the vicinity of carbon monoxide sources like heating sources or propane-fuelled machinery. If carbon monoxide is detected, the alarm will sound and a signal will be automatically sent to one of our Monitoring Centres staffed by trained professionals.
Why choose Stanley Security for carbon monoxide protection?
The most trusted name in small business security, Stanley is certified by the Central Station Alarm Association, the Homologated Bureau of Private Security (BSP) and the Consumer Protection Office Roaming License (CPO). With two Underwriters Laboratories of Canada (ULC) certified centrals, Stanley is recognized for providing a service that meets the highest standards of the industry, ensuring our customers an experience of quality, prevention and seamless 24/7 protection.
Founded in 1843, Stanley has over 61,000 employees in 60 countries around the world. At Stanley, protecting your business is our top priority.
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