Family Business taking American Gas Safety from strength to strength!

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

For a family business, more than any other, values are the connective tissue the source of your success, your commitment, and your longevity. They bring power to a business, helping to assure you resolve any conflicts and strengthen operations through the natural act of passing down a legacy. When AGS first started, myself and parents wanted to ensure that our family values spread throughout our representatives.

When identifying the perfect fit for us we had no idea just how many family business we would bring on board. 90% of our reps are family businesses and we consider them the driving force of our future.

The success of the business will ensure the future of the next generation. Below is a pic of our CEO Steve, Vice President Sue and my 3 month old daughter Brontë.

#nextgeneration #familybusiness #futureofgassafety #gassafety

Wynn Casino Boston now protected by American Gas Safety

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

AGS are now the approved supplier for the gas safety systems to be installed at the Wynn casino in Boston. The Casino is a 2.4 billion dollar project and our control panels are protecting over 15 of the restaurant kitchen areas from exposure to harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, which according to statistics is the cause of 400 deaths per year on average.

The system to be installed is the Merlin 1500S fan interlocking system, which ensures the Exhaust Fan is in operation before allowing gas to be released to the cooking appliances by means of a gas solenoid valve. Our system continuously monitors the exhaust fan with either an Air Flow Switch or a Current Monitoring device to determine there is voltage going up to the fan. By using one of our gas interlock systems, this will prevent the chef or staff member from cooking until the fan is operational, resulting in a safer working environment. For extra safety, the Merlin system also has connections for Carbon Monoxide Detection, Methane Detection, LPG Detection, Carbon Dioxide Sensing and Remote Emergency Gas Shut off. The Merlin system also has added features for links to fire alarms and ansul systems.

If you require fan interlocking & carbon monoxide protection in your premises or would like any further information on our solutions, please do not hesitate to contact AGS, the leading manufacturer of gas safety safety.


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The University of California is now protected with our Merlin Utility Controllers

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

Multiple AGS utility controllers are being fitted out in the University of California’s state of the art science classrooms.       


The five-story building with 125,000 square feet of laboratories is expected to be completed by fall of 2018 at a cost of $150 million. Our Merlin utility controllers not only provide educator authority, but protect the students and the building out of hours using built-in time out functions. With the master key in the ‘Off’ position, there is limited damage or harm which can be caused when all the utilities are isolated.

The system installed is our Merlin 1000Si, which controls the Gas utility 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” with the flick of a switch on the internal control panel. The 1000Si 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. An example of our AGS utility controller is pictured below:


For further information on our Merlin range of utility controllers or if you are currently  looking at any commercial projects, please see our website or alternatively contact us on

America’s Test Kitchen cooking show protected from the dangers of CO

By | AGS, American Gas Safety, Industry News

America’s Test Kitchen is the most watched cooking show on public television – more than 2 million viewers tune in each week – and in January 2017, America’s Test Kitchen will launch its 17th season with hosts Bridget Lancaster and Julia Collin Davison. Bridget and Julia have been fixtures on the show from the very beginning, sharing their cooking skills and deep knowledge of food with viewers over the hundred of recipes they’ve prepared on air as tests cooks. Now, they’re heading into the test kitchen to bring you equipment reviews, taste tests, and recipes for the home cook.

They moved this summer to a new state of the art studios in Boston, MA and AGS is now protecting their 55 professional test cooks from the dangers of CO.

If you require carbon monoxide protection in your premises please do not hesitate to contact AGS, the leading manufacturer of gas safety systems in America. or call (727)-608-4375.


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

Off-Duty Firefighter Saves 30 Diners After Noticing Carbon Monoxide Leak in North Carolina Restaurant

By | AGS, American Gas Safety, Fire & Environment Safety

On December 14th Lonnie Wimmer, one off-duty North Carolina firefighter, ensured dozens of people happy and healthy holidays when he noticed signs of a potentially deadly carbon monoxide leak while dining at a restaurant over the weekend. Lonnie was attending a birthday party at the River Ridge Taphouse in Clemmons on Saturday when he and other patrons began to experience headaches and nausea, LFD Assistant Chief Steve Williams tells PEOPLE. After immediately calling the LFD and alerting them to what he deciphered was a carbon monoxide leak multiple ambulances responded, and all restaurant patrons were evacuated, Williams said. Around 30 people showed signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, with at least 16 transported to local hospitals.

At AGS we want to provide a solution to help restaurant owners protect members of the public as well as their workers. When solid fuel is burned, products of combustion, including carbon monoxide gas, are released. Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas with no taste, smell or color. Moderate exposure can lead to serious permanent ill-health effects or death. Children, pregnant women, smokers and people with heart or breathing problems are particularly at risk. The early signs of carbon monoxide poisoning are similar to common ailments such as flu or upset stomach, but can escalate very quickly. Symptoms can include: Headache; Abdominal pain; Nausea/vomiting; Chest pains; Breathlessness; Dizziness; Collapse.



American Gas Safety have a number of products to protect staff from the exposure of carbon monoxide within the commercial kitchen environment, such as our Merlin 1500S (pictured above). We also supply and manufacture Carbon Monoxide alarms, exhaust fan activation, visual Carbon Dioxide traffic light indication and much more. AGS products also cover residential properties by using our Mini Merlin, a combined methane & carbon monoxide detector & boiler rooms with our GDP range. Please email or call our team at AGS for any further information or call (727)-608-4375

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Explosion reported in NW Portland; 8 injured, including 3 firefighters

By | AGS, American Gas Safety, Kitchen Interlock

On October 19th, a huge explosion has been reported from a restaurant in Portland that has destroyed the building and surrounding properties! This has apparently been ignited by a natural gas leak, ripping through a building on Wednesday along the popular Northwest 23rd Avenue shopping district, causing destruction and injuring eight people, including three firefighters, authorities said.

This could have been prevented by installing or specifying a Gas Safety system. Our Merlin controllers will detect any Methane leaks and it will also not allow gas into the restaurant without the exhaust hood running. The Merlin 1500S and 2000S are perfect for this situation. Allowing key lock authority over the gas supply to the kitchen and auto shut down of the supply if and when dangerous levels of Methane is present. Plus, in the event of a fire can be linked into the Ansul system and Fire Alarm.
2000S AGS (2)

If you are designing or upgrading any commercial kitchen please don’t hesitate to get in touch with AGS – or 727-608-4375

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Fire House Protection

By | AGS, American Gas Safety, Fire & Environment Safety

American Gas Safety protects many environments with its modern solutions for gas safety. One such environment which you may not recognize as requiring such a level of safety is your local fire house. Turns out the guys and gals who spend their time protecting us need that little bit of security and safety built into their working environments.
Here’s the scenario; Team A is busy prepping work gear and generally preparing themselves for a long shift at the fire house. Someone is cooking the team’s meal, a nice hearty fuel enriched stew on the gas range in the kitchen.
The fire alarm annunciation signal goes off, everyone springs into action, with only the safety of the general public on their minds. Did someone forget to turn off the gas stove?


It happens much more often then you would think, but fires in fire houses is not uncommon. The Merlin range of gas safety and isolation panels has a solution.

The Merlin 1000Si and 1000S+i are perfect for this situation. Allowing key lock authority over the gas supply to the kitchen and auto shut down of that supply if and when the fire alarm annunciation signal is live. Coupled with detectors and remote knock off buttons we can protect the personnel whilst they go about protecting us.

We have created a CAD file to demonstrate the Merlin system and to form a basis for specification, the CAD file can be viewed at

Link the Merlin 1000Si or 1000S+i to a lockable knock off button or the Merlin CT500s and you can control and protect the stations outdoor grill with the same system.



For more information regarding the Fire House protection solution from AGS please contact your local representative. Tel: (727)608-4375

I’m Ready For My Close-Up

By | AGS, American Gas Safety, Laboratory Control

Today saw the filming of our new demonstration video get underway. The team took stills and video of a new installation near our headquarters and the final cut should be available at the beginning of May.

This is another example of how AGS listens to it’s partners and how we take feedback on board. It was decided that a promotional video for the Utility Control range would be of benefit to our representatives both as a demonstration tool and also as a training tool. Getting our message of gas safety in classrooms to more customers across the nation, faster than ever.

Merlin 1000SW+

Merlin 1000SW+

Once the final video is available it will be posted on our YouTube page and Twitter account for all to see. The video will give a brief history of the company and the range, the unique safety features and an in depth explanation of the pressure test function. Hopefully answering many common questions and providing another layer of confidence in the specifying engineer.


For more information on the Merlin Utility Control range visit our website at call the office on (727)608-4375

70 Children Poisoned by CO

By | AGS, American Gas Safety, Fire & Environment Safety, Laboratory Control

Once again we are reminded of the dangers of CO poisoning. 70 Children and their teachers harmed by the buildup of CO in their classrooms. The faulty appliance or flue is still yet to be determined, but with readings of over 200ppm at the time of evacuation they are all lucky to get out without any long term serious effects.

Read the full article here:


Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune

American Gas Safety has adaptable solutions for detecting CO, all with built in connectivity to sound alarms, shut off gas and fuel supplies, interact with BMS and BAS systems.

This is why we are here, to protect our children, families and communities from harmful gases.

For more information check out the website at:

Or call the Sales Solutions team at (727)608-4375