It's been just over a month since dozens of natural gas–fueled fires burned in homes in the Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts, not far from NFPA's headquarters in Quincy. Coincidentally, the incident occurred about a month after NFPA began considering a new standard addressing the installation, testing, and maintenance of gas detectors in homes.
I wrote about it in a new article that will appear in the November/December issue of NFPA Journal.
"In an event like the Merrimack Valley incident, gas detectors could save lives," I write in the piece. "[NFPA's Director of Engineering Guy] Colonna explained that for the combustion of natural gas in air to occur, the air needs to contain a minimum of 5 percent methane by volume and there needs to be an ignition source, such as a pilot flame in a gas stove or a light switch being flicked on. Detectors, which would sound when gas levels are much lower than that concentration, could alert occupants to get out."
Read the full article here.