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FireAngel claims UK first with battery powered natural gas alarm

New device aims to tackle concerns over ensuring continuous detection of natural gas build up in properties

FireAngel is this month launching a battery-powered Natural Gas Detector as part of efforts to improve home safety.

Indirectly coinciding with the upcoming launch of Gas Safety Week on September 18, the release of the new device is claimed to be the first product of its kind in the UK to ensure an easier to install product for identifying potentially hazardous levels of natural gas in a building. 

According to FireAngel, the detector eliminates a traditional requirement for AC power. The technology has been designed to serve as a lightweight alarm containing a semi-conductor catalytic sensor that is supplied with two lithium replacement batteries.

“As natural gas and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) becomes dangerous when the concentration is high enough to become explosive, the alarm is specifically designed to trigger when the gas concentration reaches 10% of the lower explosive limit (LEL),” said the company in a statement.

FireAngel said that while stench agents are added to natural gas to ensure it can be smelt in the event of leaks, there were concerns about individuals that may struggle to sense such an odour. The company highlighted the symptoms of dementia, loss of smell as a result of aging and an inability to be woken from smells as difficulties arising in detecting when gas mat be present in an environment such as a home.

FireAngel cited a recent study from Brown University that found a pattern of individuals being unable to detect scents such as those included in natural gas while asleep. It argued that sound therefore appeared a much more effective indicator of the presence of natural gas for sleeping individuals.

The company said that the use of batteries over an AC power source would also ensure a device that was easier to use and install at any part of a property.

“The loud-sounding alarm has been designed to meet B5 EN 50194-I: 2009 Certifications and includes smart test, silence and reset buttons for ease of use. The launch marks the manufacturer’s continued commitment to support the independent living of homeowners and tenants who face greater risks from potential fire, gas or carbon monoxide dangers,” added FireAngel.

The company said the device marked its first ever natural gas detector. Still at its launch stage, the manufacturer added that no arrangements had currently been finalised with groups such as local authorities for potential take up.

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