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Hydrogen Safety

Hydrogen is non-toxic, non-poisonous and environmentally safe. Still, most fuels in use today have high energy content and must be handled properly to be safe, and hydrogen is no different. For example, hydrogen is colourless and odourless, and the flame is invisible in daylight. As such, adequate detectors and operating system technologies are being developed in conjunction with hydrogen fuel cell applications.

Advantages of Hydrogen

It's natural to be concerned about the safety of a new fuel. But experts agree that, handled properly, hydrogen is just as safe - if not safer - than the fuels we use today.

Hydrogen contains no carbon. An accidental release of hydrogen won't harm the environment, and there is no possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning.
When mixed with air, hydrogen has a wide flammability range, but also a high rate of diffusion and dispersion. In the event of a leak, hydrogen actually poses less of a fire risk than gasoline or natural gas because it's quickly diffused and made harmless.
If a flammable concentration does occur, hydrogen tends to burn in a flame rather than explode. That flame has a low radiant energy and does not heat areas close by. This reduces the risk of burns.

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