Finding An Effective Location For A Fixed Gas Detection System

A fixed gas detector is a critical safety element in any facility. Naturally, a heightened level of care should be exercised when it comes to the operation and upkeep of the system. However, the same amount of focus should also be exercised when it comes to the placement of the detector. Learn about some of the cues you can rely on to determine the ideal location for a new fixed gas detector.


It's important to properly survey the area where the detection system will be installed to determine the precise airflow route within the space. This step is critical because of the way that these detection systems function, in that they can only detect gas by the air currents that make contact with the detector. 

For this reason, a detection system installed out of the airflow path will be less effective at detecting gas, if at all effective. To avoid this problem, the detector should be placed within the correct path. 


Fixed gas detection systems require periodic maintenance. Routine maintenance, including sensor testing and calibration, must be performed to ensure the system is able to provide accurate readings and is performing efficiently, overall. Don't forget about this requirement when you choose a placement location.

To ensure ease of access, the system should be placed in a location in which it will be accessible by staff and technicians alike. Any obstructions will make it more challenging to perform this maintenance or accurately read any error messages that are displayed on the system. 

Sensor Placement

Installing a fixed gas detection system involves more than installing the control panel; there are also sensors that are typically installed. It's important to think about where you will place these sensors as you prepare for the installation. While it's also important to keep the flow of air in mind, it's equally important that you place the sensor as close to the source of the gas in the area, as possible. 

One benefit of this type of placement is that it will send a signal to the alarm and trigger an alarm faster than if the sensor was located on the opposite side of the room, as more gas will have filled the space before it's detected. Placing the sensors closer to the source provides an opportunity for earlier detection. 

Make certain you keep these tips in mind as you install a new fixed gas detection system within your facility.