Health Tip: Get a Natural Gas Detector05/11/11
(HealthDay News) -- Natural gas, used in many homes for cooking
and heating, has no odor. So utilities add a sulfur-based compound
to produce the familiar "rotten-eggs" smell that most people can
pick up easily.
If you have a diminished sense of smell or can't detect the odor
added to natural gas, the National Institute on Deafness and Other
Communication Disorders says you should opt for a natural gas
The agency suggests looking for these features:
- Make sure the device is able to distinguish humidity and
cigarette smoke, which shouldn't trigger the alarm.
- Choose an alarm with a Lower Explosive Limit, which will sound
an alarm when gas meets the lowest level that may cause an
- Install the detector in an area where you can hear the alarm
and where gas is likely to collect, such as in a basement.
- Test and maintain the gas detector regularly.
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