With the increasing use of electric power in today’s cars, boats, and ships, the likelihood of fires in lithium-ion batteries increase proportionally. Fires in these battery types not only generates immense heat, but also the extremely toxic gas Hydrogen fluoride. Mixed with water hydrofluoric acid is created. Both the gas and acid easily penetrate skin and muscles and often even pass barriers of commonly used PPE, with the result of damaged tissue and cell membranes.
Safenor is currently working on putting together a complete portable system for all kinds of emergency services. Individual units are already available for purchase.
E1000 single-gas detector for HF gas. This device has an electrochemical sensor and a rechargeable battery with a run time of up to 300 hours.
As all other electrochemical sensors, this sensor will not be selective only for HF gas, but also detect and warn user about other acidic gases like hydrogen cyanide and hydrogen chloride.
The degree of protection can even be enhanced with simultaneous use of fluoride test paper. Especially where there’s suspicion of battery fire in confined spaces and other acidic gases are likely to be present.
E4000 can detect 2-4 gases simultaneously, e.g. HF, CH4, H2S and oxygen.
Available sensor types: catalytic, electrochemical, infrared or PID.
The device is powered by a rechargeable battery offering 8 hours of use with catalytic sensor and up to 300 hours with other sensor types.
Integral pump is available as an option.
This devices has an event log that can be downloaded to a computer.
Experience has shown that F-paper is one of the most reliable and low cost alternatives in terms of detecting hydrofluoric acid.
This small sheet of paper can be attached to the visor of a full face mask or on the visor of full body protection suit. In order to detect hydrofluoric acid present on surfaces it’s beneficial to use a 1M hydrochloric acid solution instead of distilled water as it gains a clearer result.
The paper initially has a light pink colour that changes to light yellow when the acid is present.
The package contains 200 sheets. A newer version with an adhesive part will soon be launched.
A selection of sampling and calibration equipment is avilable upon request.
The ALTAIR Pump Probe is a rugged sampling accessory for MSA gas detection instruments. Capable of drawing samples from up to 50ft (15m) away.
Calibration equipment available both for use manually and automatic.