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Which Gas Detection Device is Right for Your Workplace?
Sep 30th 2020

Which Gas Detection Device is Right for Your Workplace?

Choosing a gas monitor or detection device depends on the nature of your workplace and how your employees interact with the space. Learn about the pros and cons of different types of gas monitors to make the right choice for your business. Three Types of Gas Detectors: Portable gas detectors Fixed gas detectors Gas detection tubes (Colorimetric detection devices) Po … read more
Gas Detection & Purge Testing
Sep 8th 2020

Gas Detection & Purge Testing

When taking a gas pipeline offline or installing a new one, utility crews must first treat the confined space with inert gas, such as nitrogen, to limit the chances of combustion. After the pipeline has been treated, workers should test the space for the presence of hazardous gases. This is what’s known as purge testing. However, this is not the same as conventional gas detection. The pipeline … read more
Hydrogen Peroxide Gas Detectors Should Be Used When Disinfecting Workspaces
Jun 22nd 2020

Hydrogen Peroxide Gas Detectors Should Be Used When Disinfecting Workspaces

Vaporized hydrogen peroxide (VHP) is often used to disinfect and decontaminate work environments, including classrooms, medical and manufacturing facilities, confined spaces, and other areas that are designed for prolonged human occupancy. In the face of the coronavirus pandemic, all types of businesses will need to thoroughly disinfect their workspaces before bringing their employees back t … read more
Does Your Business Need Fixed or Portable LEL Gas Detectors?
May 22nd 2020

Does Your Business Need Fixed or Portable LEL Gas Detectors?

On May 16, 2020, 11 firefighters were hospitalized after responding to multiple buildings that caught fire after an explosion in downtown Los Angeles. Though officials are still investigating whether hazardous materials were involved, tragic incidents like these could potentially be avoided with the use of Lower Explosive Limit (LEL) detectors.  Depending on what type of business you con … read more
What Makes AimSafety Portable Gas Monitors A Great Option For Gas Detection?
Apr 23rd 2020

What Makes AimSafety Portable Gas Monitors A Great Option For Gas Detection?

At PK Safety, we get a lot of questions about  AimSafety, a lesser-known gas detection equipment manufacturer. Despite making some of the finest portable monitors on the market today, AimSafety detection gear struggles with name recognition when compared to some of the leading competitors. Learn more about AimSafety gas monitors and how they compare to some better-known options on the ma … read more
Frequently Asked Questions about LEL Gas
Apr 6th 2020

Frequently Asked Questions about LEL Gas

Understanding the lower explosive limits (LEL) of combustible gases is crucial when it comes to protecting the health and safety of your employees. As a construction worker, maintenance professional or someone that works in confined spaces, you need to be aware of the LELs of certain hazardous gases, while measuring the amount of gas in the air as a percentage of the total volume using a gas mo … read more
The Best EMS Carbon Monoxide Detectors for EMTs and First Responders
Jan 28th 2020

The Best EMS Carbon Monoxide Detectors for EMTs and First Responders

Carbon monoxide poisoning remains all too common throughout the U.S. Fire smoke, portable generators, gas stoves, water heaters, pumps, blowers, and other gas-powered equipment can easily lead to dangerous and deadly carbon monoxide poisoning.As an EMT, first responder, or ambulance driver, it’s important to be aware of the risks and warning signs associated with carbon monoxide. You may encounter … read more
Why Do Winter Months Hold Highest Risk for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?
Dec 13th 2019

Why Do Winter Months Hold Highest Risk for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning?

As a colorless, odorless gas, carbon monoxide is known as the “silent killer.” Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can lead to a range of health effects and illnesses, including headaches, dizziness, vomiting, unconsciousness, and even death. This is what’s known as carbon monoxide poisoning.Risk of carbon monoxide poisoning tends to be highest during the winter months. All over the country … read more
When and How to Install an RKI Beacon Fixed System Gas Detector
Dec 9th 2019

When and How to Install an RKI Beacon Fixed System Gas Detector

When it comes to monitoring and detecting hazardous gases like carbon monoxide, chlorine, nitrogen dioxide, and phosgene (for example), there are two kinds of monitors: portable gas monitors and fixed system gas monitors. The user will wear a portable gas monitor on their lapel, or near what’s known as the breathing zone when working in potentially hazardous environments. Another choice would be a … read more
How to Re-Calibrate a Gas Detector
Nov 19th 2019

How to Re-Calibrate a Gas Detector

There are lots of different options to consider when re-calibrating a gas monitor. Every gas detector is different, so re-calibrating all depends on what kind of monitor you’re working with.Re-calibration is essential when it comes to the health and safety of your employees. Gas monitors typically need to be re-calibrated every six months, according to The Occupational Safety and Health Administra … read more
Do Calibration Gases Have a Shelf Life?
Oct 14th 2019

Do Calibration Gases Have a Shelf Life?

When using a gas monitor, it’s important to make sure your monitor is properly calibrated, otherwise your readings may be inaccurate. To properly calibrate your monitor, you’ll need to use a concentration of the gas you’re trying to detect. The test gas typically comes in disposable or nonrefillable cylinders that either made of steel or aluminum. This is also known as a calibration gas or span ga … read more
​How Do I Read My Gas Detection Tubes?
Sep 10th 2019

​How Do I Read My Gas Detection Tubes?

Gas detection tubes have exploded in popularity over the last few decades. These single-use tubes are designed to record the presence of chemical compounds in the air. Some are toxic, like different types of acid, while others are harmless, such as water vapor. Just insert the tubes into a hand pump, suck in air through the pump, and read the results to find out if the air is safe to breathe. … read more