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The New Minnehaha Academy is now protected by American Gas Safety

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It has been two years since the tragic gas explosion at the Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. Two staff members were killed in the blast.


The explosion ripped apart the main stairwell, classrooms, parts of the library and the business office. The blast shook the entire building, and the community to its core.

Over the past two years, the rebuilding process has been steady, and now blueprints and plans have become reality. Two black olive trees are already in place in the atrium.

“Trees I think symbolize strength and unity and all of those things that we have been as a community,” said Minnehaha Academy President Donna Harris.

After the explosion, classes were temporarily relocated to the former Brown College campus in Mendota Heights. Graduating students weren’t able to enjoy the new building, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a part of it.

Beams bearing their signatures will serve as a permanent reminder of all the people this school has impacted.

The main entrance of the new Minnehaha Academy building.

 

American Gas Safety are honored to supply our Merlin Utility Controllers to provide gas leak detection for the academy, preventing a gas explosion from ever happening by isolating the gas supply if a leak or pressure drop is detected.
The system installed is our Merlin 1000S, which controls Gas within the science laboratories. This system has built in connectivity allowing the panel to communicate with the schools BMS and has connections for the buildings existing fire alarm system. The panel can either tell the BMS that the gas is “ON” or “OFF” or with the flick of a switch on the internal control panel it can tell the BMS that the panel has gone into “Alarm”, gas leak detected or that an EM stop has been actuated. Pictured below is the Merlin 1000S controller installed.

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If you are designing any Educational Projects which require Gas Isolation, Gas Shut-Off or Gas Detection in the science laboratories & mechanical room, we have the Safety systems to ensure the building and occupants are safe from any leaks. Please browse though our complete product range and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to make contact. info@americangassafety.com or (727)-608-4375 https://americangassafety.com/product-categories/

For full news coverage please visit the following website – https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/06/04/2-years-after-deadly-explosion-new-minnehaha-academy-close-to-completion/

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Massive Gas Explosion Destroys Maryland Office and Shopping Complex

By | AGS, American Gas Safety, Industry News, Laboratory Control

 

A powerful natural gas explosion badly damaged a Maryland office complex and shopping center Sunday morning, ripping away part of the facade and exposing twisted metal.

Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the thundering blast, which occurred at about 8 a.m. It came after authorities said they had evacuated the area around the complex because of a suspected early morning gas leak near the complex in Columbia, Maryland.

Fire crews responded about an hour before the explosion because of a fire alarm that was upgraded to a report of a gas leak in the parking lot, officials said. When fire personnel arrived, they immediately evacuated everyone from the surrounding area and made sure the building was vacant. The subsequent explosion ripped away a significant part of the facade, scattering debris.

“It was so powerful it could be heard in communities many miles away,” said Howard County Executive Calvin Ball in a statement.

It’s true that some of the best teaching moments are when you make a mistake and learn from it. Please don’t let a gas leak be one of them moments. Take it from us and help take precautionary action. Pictured below is the AGS Mini Merlin, a combined natural gas & carbon monoxide monitor capable of shutting down the gas supply in the event of a gas leak therefore preventing a gas explosion from ever happening. The Mini Merlin has an audible & visual alarm indicating the live PPM levels of each gas and can be used to communicate with BMS/BAS systems as well as fire alarm panels & remote shut-off buttons.

If you are designing any Commercial Projects when a GAS pipe is entering the premises, we have the Safety systems to ensure the building and occupants are safe from any leaks. Please browse though our complete product range and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to make contact. info@americangassafety.com or (727)-608-4375.

For full news coverage please visit the following website – https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/08/25/early-morning-gas-explosion-rocks-columbia/

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Carbon Monoxide Sickens 24 at Midtown Church in New York

By | AGS, American Gas Safety, Industry News

 

Dozens of people were overcome by carbon monoxide at a church in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday, some pass out. They were loaded into an ambulance wearing oxygen masks, reports CBS2’ Lisa Rozner.

Authorities say the high carbon monoxide levels appeared to be caused by a malfunctioning motor from the stove ventilation hood inside the church community room, where seniors gather every day for Meals on Wheels and activities. Sources say Encore Community Services rents out the basement. They provide meals and activities for seniors and typically feed 200 people a day.

These incidents are unfortunately a common occurrence, every year, at least 430 people die in the U.S. from accidental CO poisoning and approximately 50,000 people in the U.S. visit the emergency department each year due to accidental CO poisoning. AGS have designed & manufactured the perfect solution, the AGS Mini Merlin, a standalone dual gas sensor which on the detection of Carbon Monoxide or any Gas leaks (Nat Gas or LPG) will shut off the Gas to the building protecting the people and the Building from the silent CO.

 

For less than $500 dollars we can protect your building, restaurant or residence. Giving you peace of mind that any poisonous or explosive gases will be isolated immediately. The TFT color display provides clear indication the dangerous levels of gas detected, life span and remote shut down.

The AGS Mini Merlin is designed to not only to alert the occupant of danger but to actually shut down it down unlike anything else on the market. The problem with off the shelf CO monitors is they are very cheaply made and majority of the time run out of batteries or the internal detector degrades. The Mini merlin is line voltage and has commercial grade detectors complete with alcohol filters for no false alarms. After a 5 year life span the Mini Merlin will alert the occupant that the sensor needs replacing. Another feature is the alarm freeze indication. Example: You call out the fire department to a CO alarm, they have no indication of the Carbon monoxide levels? However the Mini Merlin will keep the alarm levels on the sensor so the fire department or plumber can determine what level of gas has leaked.

Example installations are below:

Commercial Boilerhouse

Commercial Boilerhouse

Residential Boilerhouse

Residential Boilerroom

For further information on our Mini Merlin refer to our datasheets or alternatively contact our offices today. Info@americangassafety.com / (727)-608-4375

Protect your Restaurant, Staff and Customers from Carbon Monoxide and Gas Leaks

By | AGS, American Gas Safety, Industry News

Pershing Square is a restaurant located on 42nd Street, directly across from New York’s famous Grand Central Terminal’s main entrance. Offering casual American cuisine in a bustling classic bistro environment. AGS has recently supplied and installed our new Mini Merlin controller. The Mini Merlin is a standalone dual gas sensor which on the detection of Carbon Monoxide or any Gas leaks (Nat Gas or LPG) will shut off the Gas to the building. Protecting the Kitchens staff, Diners and the Restaurant Building.

 

For less than $500 dollars we can protect your building, restaurant or residence. Giving you peace of mind that any poisonous or explosive gases will be isolated immediately. The TFT color display provides clear indication the dangerous levels of gas detected, life span and remote shut down.

It was only 4 years ago a business owner lost his life from Carbon Monoxide and CO poisoned dozens of diners at Legal Sea Foods in NY https://edition.cnn.com/2014/02/23/justice/new-york-carbon-monoxide-poisoning/index.html

The AGS Mini Merlin is designed to not only to alert the occupant of danger but to actually shut down it down unlike anything else on the market. The problem with off the shelf CO monitors is they are very cheaply made and majority of the time run out of batteries or the internal detector degrades. The Mini merlin is line voltage and has commercial grade detectors complete with alcohol filters for no false alarms. After a 5 year life span the Mini Merlin will alert the occupant that the sensor needs replacing. Another feature is the alarm freeze indication. Example: You call out the fire department to a CO alarm, they have no indication of the Carbon monoxide levels? However the Mini Merlin will keep the alarm levels on the sensor so the fire department or plumber can determine what level of gas has leaked.

For further info on the Mini Merlin please check out the products page: http://americangassafety.com/product/mini-merlin/

Seminole Tribe Students get new building in Big Cypress FL

By | AGS, American Gas Safety, Industry News, Laboratory Control

South Florida Tribal Students Get New School Building In Big Cypress

Seminole Tribe

The Ahfachkee School on the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Big Cypress Reservation unveiled a new highly developed  building at a ceremony Tuesday.

It’s a renovation project that is technology-focused to a school that was first founded around the 1940s as Big Cypress Day School. The renovation is helping to accommodate a growing student body at the school.
Around 220 students in grades Pre-K-12 are enrolled to start this year, an upward trend. The biggest growth is in elementary enrollment. According to Cain, about 90 percent of the students at the private, tribally-operated school are Seminole, but the rest are from other tribes including, Choctaw, Navajo and Cherokee. Now, as a part of the new building, students in middle and high school at Ahfachkee will have designated “collaboration centers,” for when teachers bring different subjects together for a joint lesson. They’ll have a biomedical lab for STEM-heavy education. And they’ll have flexible furniture to bounce and roll on during class.

American Gas Safety are now protecting the two science laboratories with the Merln 1000SW+i, which controls the Gas, Electric & Water Utilities in the science laboratories. This system has built in connectivity allowing the panel to communicate with the schools BMS and has connections for the buildings existing fire alarm system. The panel can either tell the BMS that the gas is “ON” or “OFF” with the flick of a switch on the internal control panel. The 1000SW+i can also tell the BMS that the panel has gone into “Alarm”, high concentrations of CO2, gas leak detected or that an EM stop has been actuated.

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Special thanks to our partners for their assistance with this project:

@Ackerman Plumbing inc
@Canseco Electrical Contractors, Inc.
@Pirtle Construction
@JLRD inc

For further information on our Merlin range of utility controllers or if you are currently looking at any commercial or educational projects, please contact us on info@americangassafety.com / (727)-608-4375

Are Your Fans Under Control?

By | AGS, American Gas Safety, Industry News, Laboratory Control

INTRODUCING THE MERLIN SINGLE FAN SWITCH

American Gas Safety have released the ultimate micro controller based single fan switch to automatically switch fans ON and OFF.

The panel features selectable power off delays to allow residual heat to dissipate and a manual override switch.
The FS1 has been designed to work together with the Merlin range of utility systems to add extra functionality and provide simplicity to the user.

If you have a project which could benefit from using the AGS FS1 & Utility Controllers, contact American Gas Safety – info@americangassafety.com / 727-608-4375

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AGS staying ahead of the game

By | AGS, American Gas Safety, Industry News, Laboratory Control

AGS continues to manufacture products to the highest industry standards. Our Factory is now certified to ISO9001:2015. The Scope of the certification includes: The design, manufacture and supply of gas safety systems, including gas pressure proving, detection and ventilation interlocks.

 

To meet the ISO 9001 we had to cut down on our carbon footprint, so all the polystyrene has been removed from our packaging. A picture below shows our new look Merlin boxes.

Our factory continues to have quarterly visits from a UL representative, to ensure we are manufacturing to the requirements of our UL Certification.

As you can see we are making all the necessary step to ensure the controllers you receive are manufactured to the highest standards available. You can rest assure you are receiving or specifying the best Gas Safety System on the market! If you need copies of our UL or ISO certificates please do not hesitate to ask info@americangassafety.com

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Lunch & Learn: Educating The Importance of Gas Safety

By | AGS, American Gas Safety

A fantastic turn out for the lunch & learn @ P2S Engineering in Long Beach CA. We educated over 30 engineers on the dangers of Gas in Commercial Kitchens, Labs and Mechanical Rooms. Our Merlin product range is the future of Gas Safety in North America.

We can offer national coverage on the dangers surrounding gas through a lunch & learn style meeting & demonstrate how our products can provide a solution to Gas Safety. For any further information or if you would like us to attend your offices please feel free to contact me lee@americangassafety.com

The Royal Seal of Approval

By | American Gas Safety

AGS are now protecting Windsor Castle, the Royal family home to British kings and queens for over 1,000 years.

We recently supplied our Merlin 1500S to protect the environment in the main kitchen from potential dangers of gas.

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Our Merlin 1500S will ensure the exhaust hood is operational before allowing gas into the kitchen via solenoid valve. For added safety we can link in numerous Carbon Monoxide detectors ensuring a safe environment and link into the Ansul system. Please contact us for more details or click the following link for full info http://americangassafety.com/product/merlin-1500s/

48 Students Taken to Hospital after ‘Gas Smell’

By | American Gas Safety

Fourty-eight students and staff were taken to an area hospital after an elementary school in far south suburban Bourbonnais was evacuated on Thursday 16th March due to “a gas smell”

Noel LeVasseur Elementary School was evacuated about 2 p.m. as the fire department investigated the school. The school’s superintendent said the staff and students were transported to Riverside and St. Mary’s hospitals in Kankakee after having “minor headaches.”

By specifying an automatic gas shut off system this incident would have been resolved in seconds had a system been installed. For a full range of Utility control solutions please contact American Gas Safety direct or visit our website www.americangassafety.com

Full details of the news coverage can be found on the following link http://bit.ly/2mHFWS