Football or soccer is well loved worldwide and with the final of the UK’s FA Cup quickly approaching, we can guarantee that you are getting ready, whatever your favourite team, for a busy weekend at your bars, pubs, restaurants, and of course stadiums! While you’re getting excited for your event we have one quick reminder for you: Are you CO2 Safe?
It is almost guaranteed that your facility uses CO2 for the carbonation of beverages or transportation of beers and lagers to the bar, but are you keeping your guests safe from potentially dangerous carbon dioxide leaks? If your answer to that question is yes, then we’re assuming that you have a working CO2 monitoring system in place, well done! If your answer is no, then it’s probably a good idea to read the rest of this blog.
Why do I need a CO2 monitoring system?
If your facility offers beer or carbonated beverages, or even if you use CO2 as a refrigerant, you should install a CO2 Safety Alarm. If left undetected, CO2 leaks can be deadly, it’s therefore important to protect yourself, your staff and your customers. To find out more about the dangers of CO2 and its harmful effects on humans, read our previous blog post.
In addition to this, your CO2 supply isn’t the only issue to think about. As in the UK, we’re expecting stadiums, bars and pubs to be busier than ever during the FA Cup final this weekend, you should also think about how overcrowded they might be. You might think this is a good thing, an overcrowded venue equals more beverage sales, right? However, as humans exhale CO2, a crowded area will result in rising levels of carbon dioxide.
While the increase in levels might not be high enough to be dangerous, guests may still suffer from negative side effects over a long period of time, such as drowsiness and tiredness. A solution to this is to make sure all areas are ventilated, which will improve the quality of air in your venue!
Depending on where you are in the world, there may also be regulations and standards in place that require you to install a CO2 detection system in order to comply! To ensure that you are complying with your local legislation, read our previous articles:
Where should I install my CO2 sensors and alarm?
The amount of sensors you need and where to install them will depend on the size of your venue, we recommend that you complete a full risk assessment of the area which will help you to determine this. We advise that one sensor should cover and area of no more than 80m3.
Should you need multiple sensors, the Ax60+ offers the additional functionality of being able to add modular sensors, creating a fully flexible solution. As CO2 is heavier than air, your sensors should be installed 305-457mm (15-18 inches) off the ground in order to detect a CO2 leak immediately.
We recommend that you install your alarms at head height, directly above your sensors so that those in the room are alerted of a potential leak and can vacate the area immediately. We also suggest having an extra alarm outside the area so that staff are made aware of the leak and know not to enter the area.
Thank you CO2 sensors!
Analox has CO2 monitoring systems in place in some of the largest and well known stadiums, bars, restaurants and pubs all around the world keeping us safe from CO2 leaks! When you’re sipping on your beverages this weekend, we’ll be safe in the knowledge that you’re probably being protected by one of our sensors. Our people, keeping your people, SAFE.