From our Readers: How to Buy Gas Meters

Recently one of our readers posted an interesting and practical question on one of our social media channels. And he got some interesting and useful advice. In fact, it made us wonder how many more of our readers are wrestling with the same problem and how many more readers may have different solutions.

After you’ve checked out these answers, hop on our Facebook page and join the conversation.

Our reader asked for some input on the best meter for use in both hazmat and confined space monitoring. The reader needed the best meter for the money to use for instruction at his college. He was leaning toward a 4- or 5-gas meter with a pump.

While many had brand preferences, one respondent suggested having meter manufacturers drop off demo units and letting the crew put them through the paces.

“Excellent suggestion, make them work for your business,” one reader wrote. “Most reputable brands will not blink at this.”

You see this a lot with large turnout gear purchases. And as with PPE, it is a good practice to have a means of recording how each device performed against different parameters, rather than leaving it to memory.

One person advised that the sensors are largely the same across the different manufacturers, and the real difference lies in how the information is presented to the meter. One brand, he wrote, offers remote viewing.

Others said it is important to consider both the cost of consumable items and their availability — supply chain disruptions are not limited to only cars. One person reported waiting more than six months for replacement oxygen sensors. Likewise, the manufacturer’s warranty and the anticipated lifespan of the sensors should be taken into account. Join the conversation here.

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