Monitoring Multiple Gas Hazards in Ice Arenas

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The equipment used in an arena such as an ice re-surfacer, ice edger, floor sweepers, lift trucks and other special
equipment are more often powered by fuel than electricity. The exhaust produced by the gas, propane or diesel fuel
powered machines emits, into the air, carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulates. Ammonia
(NH3) is commonly used in the ice chiller mechanical room and if a leak were to occur, it releases a corrosive, toxic
gas. If the ventilation system is inadequately designed to handle the air exchange or it is not functioning properly,
these toxic pollutants remain in the air to be recirculated and inhaled by spectators, players and employees. Arena
operators can improve the air quality inside the arena and provide a safe, environment by ensuring the ventilation
system is working properly and installing a gas detection system to continuously monitor for leaks and unhealthy
concentrations of toxic gases.

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