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Carbon Dioxide Awareness

Colorado Springs, CO - Carbon dioxide (CO2) is what gives soda drinks their bubbly quality. Businesses are striving to keep up with demand while keeping costs down. One way to do this is to install a larger CO2 holding tank for their system. By installing these larger CO2holding tanks to run their soda fountains, there is a great risk to business owners and employees if these systems malfunction. If CO2 leaks out of the tank it depletes the oxygen in the air creating an environment that is hazardous to your health. Around the country and here locally, many people are affected by breathing in CO2. Not only have these people gotten very sick, many have died as a result.

If proper ventilation in the space the tanks are stored is not feasible, a detector must be installed. The CO2 detector must be installed to the manufacturers’ specifications. The most effective detector is one that is installed no higher than eighteen inches off of the ground. If the CO2 detector goes off, immediately evacuate everyone from the building and call 9-1-1. Do not ever try to turn off the detector as you put yourself at a greater risk of inhaling the poisonous gas.

If you are a business owner and have any questions about this topic, please call the Colorado Springs Fire Department at 719-385-5950. For a reference video on this topic, please watch the Phoenix Fire Department’s lessons learned video.