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Commercial kitchens are bustling environments where the sizzle of pans and the aroma of cooking fill the air. However, amidst the culinary chaos, there’s a silent danger lurking – carbon monoxide (CO). In this blog, we’ll explore how carbon monoxide is produced in commercial kitchens, the dangers it poses, and the crucial role of carbon monoxide detection systems. We’ll also delve into how AGS (American Gas Safety) can help mitigate this threat with their innovative solutions.

How Carbon Monoxide is Produced in Commercial Kitchens:

Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of incomplete combustion of carbon-containing fuels, such as natural gas or propane, commonly used in commercial kitchen appliances like stoves, ovens, and grills. Poor ventilation and inadequate maintenance of kitchen equipment can lead to the accumulation of carbon monoxide in the air. Exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide can result in symptoms ranging from headaches and dizziness to unconsciousness and even death. Commercial kitchen staff, who spend extended periods in these environments, are particularly vulnerable to carbon monoxide poisoning.

The Importance of Carbon Monoxide Detection:

Detecting carbon monoxide is essential for ensuring the safety of kitchen staff and patrons. Early detection allows for timely intervention, preventing potential health risks and ensuring compliance with safety regulations.

The AGS Solution:

AGS offers a range of carbon monoxide detection and ventilation interlock systems designed specifically for commercial kitchens. One such system is the Merlin 1500S, which acts as an interlock between the ventilation system and the gas solenoid valve. It ensures that the gas solenoid cannot be opened unless the ventilation system is proven to be working effectively, thereby minimizing the risk of carbon monoxide buildup. If high levels of CO are detected, the Merlin 1500S will activate a visual/audible alarm and automatically shutdown the gas supply.

The AGS range includes features such as interlocking with fans, compatibility with gas detectors, acceptance of remote emergency knock-off buttons, and straightforward installation and calibration. The Merlin 1500S is covered by a 3-year warranty, providing peace of mind to users.


The safety of first responders is paramount, both on the front lines and within their own work environments. Gas control systems play a vital role in protecting firefighters, paramedics, and other personnel by mitigating the risks associated with gas usage in firehouses and emergency service stations. With advanced solutions like those offered by AGS, we can ensure that our first responders are safe and well-equipped to carry out their critical missions. Contact American Gas Safety or your local representative here for further information.