Can you get carbon monoxide poisoning in a parking garage

If you park and idle in an open area, carbon monoxide will be produced, but it is not likely to cause carbon monoxide poisoning. If you park in a closed area, such as an underground parking garage, you will experience dizziness after 2 hours, which can easily cause carbon monoxide poisoning. The following is an introduction to the production of carbon monoxide, the dangers and the role of carbon monoxide monitors installed in underground garages.

Can you get carbon monoxide poisoning in a parking garage
Can you get carbon monoxide poisoning in a parking garage

Garage Carbon Monoxide (CO) Generation

The generation of carbon monoxide in underground garage mainly originates from the car engine, when the engine is idling, due to the insufficient combustion of gasoline, it will produce exhaust gas containing a large amount of CO. Underground parking lot is a closed environment, vehicles in and out more frequently, the exhaust emissions are not easy to discharge, it is very easy to accumulate a large number of CO gas, resulting in parking lot filled with choking smell, damage to human health. Therefore, underground garages and parking lots should be equipped with air supply and exhaust systems to replace them with fresh air.

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Electrochemical CO Carbon Monoxide Gas Sensor FS01301

Hazards of Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and very harmful to the human body when inhaled. It binds to hemoglobin to produce carboxyhemoglobin, which leads to oxygen deprivation. The most common symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, such as headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, fatigue and a feeling of weakness, are the after-effects of exposure to carbon monoxide which can severely damage the heart and central nervous system. According to tests, when the concentration of carbon monoxide in the air reaches 50 ppm, a healthy adult can withstand it for 8 hours; when it reaches 200 ppm, a healthy adult will have a mild headache and weakness after 2-3 hours; when it reaches 400 ppm, a healthy adult will have a pain in the forehead in 1-2 hours, and a life-threatening condition after 3 hours; and when it goes up to 800 ppm, a healthy adult will have blurred vision, nausea, cramps in 45 minutes, and unconsciousness within 2 hours and death within 2 to 3 hours.

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Electrochemical CO Carbon Monoxide Gas Sensor FS01300

The role of installing carbon monoxide monitors in underground garages

Carbon monoxide monitors can detect the concentration of carbon monoxide in underground garages in a timely manner, and when the concentration exceeds the safe value, it will sound and light alarms to remind people to take measures as soon as possible. Installing a carbon monoxide monitor is a very effective preventative measure that can alert people to the danger in advance, before the carbon monoxide concentration rises.

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Fixed gas concentration detectors

Why install a carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring system in your underground garage?

Installation of carbon monoxide detection systems in underground garages can be done through the sensor linkage fan that can do safety considerations, but also energy-saving considerations:

  1. Carbon monoxide (CO) monitoring system through the Co sensors for parking garages to monitor the underground garage carbon monoxide concentration, the concentration is too high when the system will automatically open the exhaust, to ensure that the carbon monoxide concentration in the garage is below the hazardous level, belongs to the safety considerations.
  2. According to the underground garage carbon monoxide concentration for exhaust air, to avoid exhaust air frequency is too high resulting in energy waste, belongs to energy-saving considerations.