When someone has fallen victim to carbon monoxide poisoning, it is vitally important to figure out where the lethal gas originated. Bison Engineering has the best testing and monitoring equipment and capabilities in the industry with engineers who are experts at analyzing and interpreting the data. There are many ‘old wives’ tales’ and myths about Carbon Monoxide, along with key lesser known indicators of Carbon Monoxide production, that our testing is paramount in scientifically proving where the gas originated and where it traveled.
Figure 1- Yellow flame on pilot light or burner could be an indicator that Carbon Monoxide is being produced.
Our carbon monoxide testing equipment consists of multiple sensors along with a combustion analyzer. The combustion analyzer can detect up to 80,000 ppm of CO – yes that is extremely high, and yes, we have maxed it out before. We use the combustion analyzer to detect carbon monoxide being produced by appliances. This helps determine which appliance is producing the fatal gas in lethal concentrations.
To determine how much carbon monoxide is permeating the living space, we have multiple carbon monoxide sensors that we place around the space. These sensors all record and send data back to a computer via sophisticated hardware which allows us to show the simultaneous data from all of the sensors. This data, along with accurate measurements and dimensions, enables us to build graphics like the one represented in the figure below. You can see the space involved in the event, the location of each sensor, the simultaneous carbon monoxide level each sensor is reading, and the time elapsed since sensing began.
Figure 2- Time elapse testing graphics
Our carbon monoxide testing ability is unparalleled in our industry and will prove invaluable in showing the jury exactly where the carbon monoxide came from and how the victim was exposed to it.