What is Carbon Dioxide and why it's safety is important

Carbon dioxide is a colorless, odorless, faintly acidic-tasting, non-flammable gas. It can be deadly even when normal oxygen levels are present. Reaching hazardous levels of carbon dioxide can occur quickly and without warning and result in serious health effects or death. Because CO2 is 1.5 times heavier than air, leaking CO2 can accumulate at floor level in improperly ventilated or unventilated rooms, not necessarily limited to the container’s location and in low areas, such as basements. Even slow leaks can cause hazardous concentrations of carbon dioxide. Potential sources of hazardous concentrations of carbon dioxide, when carbon dioxide systems are indoors or in an enclosed outdoor area, can include but are not limited to:


• carbon dioxide storage containers that are not properly vented to a well-ventilated area outside of the building not just into walls or ceilings.

• leaking fittings, connections, piping/tubing/hoses, or storage container plumbing.

• leaking carbonators, syrup pumps, bag in box racks (i.e., any equipment using carbon dioxide).

• leaking beer keg connections and equipment.


City of Austin requires businesses that are storing Co2 used for beverage dispensing that are 101 lbs. or greater in capacity are required to submit an application for a Hazmat Permit and that safety detectors and alarms are to be installed. If you feel your business is in need for more information about Co2/Hazmat Permit, click on the links below. In other areas, check with your local government.  If you need Co2 detectors and alarms installed, please give us a call.