As we all know, natural gas leaks can be incredibly dangerous, and our team
wants to do something to help prevent natural gas tragedies. I am creating
a home-use smart gas and carbon monoxide detector.
The detector is a smart system; it delivers real-time information to your m
obile phone, and alerts you according to the level of danger. It is portabl
e, so you can bring it anywhere to check for gas leaks. The detector also h
as a sleek, modern design, so it will look good in any home.
I'd love to know your opinions about our product so we can work to improve
it. Any questions or suggestions are appreciated.
Thanks so much for your help!
so how many gas leaks nationwide per year do real harm?
sure there are a few each year that are memorable. the best gas detector is the human nose, smelling gas means leave the area immediately.
sorry I dont believe your idea ill sell in quantity, because gas leaks arent percieved as a big risk..
Right, smell NG? dogs and cats smell it well too. Open some windows and
vacate the area. Call gas company. They will respond right away.
I have NG/CO detectors in the house with flame/smoke detectors.
I wonder how many of those smart detector will sell?
And buy some legislators. Make em pass a law that
requires them, like NYS and carbon monoxide detectors.
Then, make em run on some specific battery that is
hard to find, and very expensive. I'd suggest a 27
volt thin layer carbon zinc battery pile, that's
only made in Pakistan, by small Muslim boys who
hate our guts cause we're pigs and apes. Prohibit
any non-genuine power alternatives such as USA made
alkaline cells that last longer.
"Doesn't exist"? On what planet? There are innumerable instances where
people simply aren't sure if they're smelling gas or not. That's why
the gas companies tell you to call them, and then they send out techs
with sniffers: to determine if there is actually a gas leak, or not.
Sounds like this company is building a retail gas sniffer. If the
price is right, some people will buy it. I'd advice them to sell to
the senior citizen demographic, since it's well known that the sense
of smell fades with age and many seniors simply cannot smell the
odorant added to natural gas.
Followup from the NY Times:
"A study published in 2006 in Science of Aging Knowledge Environment
found that 45 percent of the elderly subjects tested could not detect
the warning odor in natural gas."
There are propane detectors on or near the floor in most motor homes and
trailers. Everyone I've talked to, and admit, I've not talked to many
about this, have disconnected them because of false triggering. Mine
would trigger on 'gas' from the cat litter box. I think it also
triggered when you go to light the stove burner. Propane is heavier
than air and goes down. Some gas would 'escape' from the burners before
ignition, and it would hit the detector.
A interesting story from many years ago. A friend of mine worked for
then, Standard Oil in Chicago. They started hearing reports of natural
gas leaks in some area of the country. They ultimately traced it to one
of their trucks carrying the stinky NG additive, that was leaking just
one drop at a time. They traced it through every city and state where
the truck was going. No cell phones or GPS unit at that time. The
stuff is so concentrated that only a drop will set off people's noses in
a fairly large area. They finally were able to get to the truck and
stop the leak ... and also, the hysteria it caused.
Odorant used, t-butyl mercaptan, can be smelled at less than 0. 33 ppb:
Someone said that one drop in a full football stadium would be smelled
Odor in skunks are other mercaptans.
Thanks for your interest. False triggering is a practical question. Our pro
is still under development, I cannot show you the technical spec. I guess
we'd like to suggest 1.2 - 1.8 meters (4-6 feet) as the installation height
of a gas detector. A gas alarm is perfect for the kitchen but cannot be
installed directly above the stove. Also, the sensibility of the sensor in
detector can be adjusted after consulting experts.
On Thursday, July 24, 2014 9:22:08 AM UTC-4, Moe DeLoughan wrote:
I agree, it has some merit. I would also include smoke detection as
part of it. The big problem with any of these remote monitoring devices
and systems is false alarms. If you get texted, then what? If you have
a neighbor or someone close by that can check it out you could call them.
Otherwise, it's another call to 911 and the cops aren't too keen on
answering alarm calls because almost all of them are false alarms.
Burglar alarms have been a problem for a long time now. If you got a
huge new wave of more alarm devices, IDK what would happen.
I've never had any false alarms with my camper's gas detector, nor have
any other folks with campers I know of. My home gas detector has never
false alarmed either, it did go off once when I was anodizing aluminum
on the back screened porch and left the door open, however that releases
some hydrogen gas so it wasn't a false alarm. I'd rather a false alarm
occasionally vs. being blown to bits due to a gas leak as it seems
happens pretty much daily across the US (homes blown to bits, with or
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