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Carbon monoxide poisoning at a motel in Canada hospitalized 46 people

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

Fifty-two people and one dog were evacuated from a Super 8 motel in Winnipeg Tuesday morning after a carbon monoxide (CO) leak was detected in the building.

46 people were taken to hospital for CO exposure, 15 considered to be in critical condition. Everyone had been discharged from hospital as of Wednesday.

“Today’s incident at a Winnipeg hotel was not a gas leak. It was a carbon monoxide poisoning,” Manitoba Hydro tweeted. “CO is produced by the incomplete combustion/ventilation of gas stoves, heating boilers, furnaces, propane barbecues, gas-powered water heaters & clothes dryers.”

Dozens of people have been taken to the hospital after a carbon monoxide leak at a Super 8 Motel in Winnipeg, Canada.

While natural gas has a rotten egg smell that helps with detection, carbon monoxide is odorless. For it to be detected, a carbon monoxide alarm is required which is why you need a CO alarm in your home and business. The initial symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are flu-like, but without a fever. They may include dull headache, weakness, dizziness and nausea. High-level poisoning can result in vomiting, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision and loss of consciousness.

The fire service crews detected carbon monoxide throughout the hotel with levels up to 385 parts per million. Normal levels are 0-2 parts per million, according to a bulletin from the Fire Commissioner’s Office of Manitoba. The bulletin notes that exposure between 200 and 400 parts per million can lead to slight headaches, fatigue, dizziness and nausea after two to three hours.

Each year 400 deaths and 20,000 visits to the emergency room are caused by CO poisoning?
Is your boiler room, building and people protected from the silent killer carbon monoxide?

Looking for a cost effective & easy to install life saving product? Use our AGS Mini Merlin.

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The Mini Merlin is a dual gas sensor carefully designed and tested to monitor Natural Gas – Methane (CH4) and Carbon Monoxide (CO) in the air. If there is a dangerous build-up of gas or unsafe levels of carbon monoxide at the sensor, this device can shut off the gas supply via a gas safety valve and/or a gas fire appliance.

This device has additional features for resetting systems, as well as audible and visual alarms – it can also be integrated with a Building Management System (BMS) and is readily available for purchase from our Florida warehouse & across North America thru our man reps.

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

Full details of the news coverage can be found on the following link – https://winnipegsun.com/news/local-news/forty-six-people-to-hospital-after-suspected-carbon-monoxide-leak-at-hotel

KFC in ruins after Gas Explosion in North Carolina

By | American Gas Safety

A KFC restaurant in North Carolina was blown to bits early Thursday morning.

At 12:33 Thursday morning, everything was fine. In a flash, the building was gone.

A KFC employee, who was closing the restaurant, told police that he and others could smell gas so the manager tried to turn off the nozzle and called the gas company. Shortly after “there was a huge glare of light and then just debris everywhere” said an unnamed witness.

“I felt it several miles away and I understand it was felt even further away. It was big explosion for sure,” said Mayor Neville Hall. “The gas company is digging up the gas line to make sure the gas line to other businesses in the area are safe. As they do that, they’ll begin to remove the debris to see if they can go in and find the exact spot of the potential leak to determine the cause. It could take several days to get to the bottom of it.”

American Gas Safety provides a simple solution, the Merlin 2000S which is a gas pressure proving & ventilation interlocking system that continuously checks the gas line for abnormalities such as gas leaks and pressure drops. In the event of this occurring, the Merlin 2000S will automatically shut down the gas supply preventing gas explosions like this from ever happening. Our Merlin controllers will detect any Methane leaks and it will also not allow gas into the restaurant without the exhaust hood running. Plus, in the event of a fire can be linked into the Ansul system and Fire Alarm.

Luckily this time nobody was killed, this could of been a whole lot worse.

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Full details of the news coverage can be found on the following link – https://edition.cnn.com/videos/us/2019/07/11/nc-kfc-restaurant-explosion-orig-vstop-bdk.cnn

23 Injured in Explosion at Market on University shopping center Florida

By | American Gas Safety

A vacant pizza restaurant exploded Saturday in a thundering roar at a South Florida shopping plaza, injuring more than 20 people as large chunks of concrete flew through the air.

Firefighters found ruptured gas lines following the blast which flung debris widely along a busy road in Plantation, west of Fort Lauderdale. The restaurant was destroyed, nearby businesses and cars were damaged.

“We thought it was thunder at first, and then we felt the building shake and things started falling. I looked outside and it was almost like the world was ending,” said Alex Carver, a worker at a deli across the street from the explosion. “It was nuts, man. It was crazy.”

The explosion hurled large pieces of concrete up to 50 yards (45 meters) away and sent pieces of metal scattering as far as 100 yards (90 meters) across the street. Carver said two of his co-workers’ cars were destroyed. At least 21 people were injured though none of the injuries was life-threatening, Police Sgt. Jesica Ryan said.

The explosion demolished the building, leaving behind only part of its metal frame. The restaurant, called PizzaFire, had been out of business for several months. The blast also blew out the windows of a popular fitness club next door at the shopping plaza in Broward County.

Jesse Walaschek had just left the fitness club with his wife and three children, ages 4, 6 and 8. They were parked near the restaurant and had just driven about 50 yards (45 meters) away when they heard the blast.

This could have been prevented by installing or specifying a Gas Safety system. At American Gas Safety our main priority is ensuring not only the building is safe from gas leaks but more so the people inside them. 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 2000S is perfect for this situation (see pictured below) 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.

Luckily this time nobody was killed, this could of been a whole lot worse.

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Full details of the news coverage can be found on the following link – https://www.cbsnews.com/news/plantation-explosion-20-injured-florida-shopping-plaza-la-fitness-today-fort-lauderdale-live-updates-2019-07-06/

Protect your Family & Business today from the silent killer Carbon Monoxide

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

Did you know each year 400 deaths and 20,000 visits to the emergency room are caused by CO poisoning?
Is your boiler room, building and people protected from the silent killer carbon monoxide?

Looking for a cost effective & easy to install life saving product? Use our AGS Mini Merlin.

mini-merlin

The Mini Merlin is a dual gas sensor carefully designed and tested to monitor Natural Gas – Methane (CH4) and Carbon Monoxide (CO) in the air. If there is a dangerous build-up of gas or unsafe levels of carbon monoxide at the sensor, this device can shut off the gas supply via a gas safety valve and/or a gas fire appliance.

This device has additional features for resetting systems, as well as audible and visual alarms – it can also be integrated with a Building Management System (BMS) and is readily available for purchase from our Florida warehouse & across North America thru our man reps.

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

Never learn safety by accident

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

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. AGS can help prevent an accident from ever happening. Take it from us and help take precautionary action. Please get in touch for your local representative or visit our website www.americangassafety.com 

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.

#familybusiness #futureofgassafety #gassafety #americangassafety #AGS

ASPE EXPO Atlanta 2018

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

2018 promised and excelled to be the best year yet over at the ASPE EXPO in Atlanta. We were literally rushed off our feet from start to finish and would like to thank everyone who attended our booth.

We had a number of engineers very impressed with the simple installation and the versatility of our product range. Our Merlin range can be used for all types of applications not just Labs, such as Mechanical Rooms, Fire Pits, Commercial Kitchens, Gas BBQ’s,  Fire Houses etc.

We also had the chance to promote our new and improved Gas Detectors with a complete revamp design that is not only modern but also provides a quick installation & a TFT screen user interface (pictured above). The new TFT gas detectors can be used in various different applications such as boiler rooms, science labs, commercial kitchens & many more! A main improvement on our new detectors is that they give the user the ability to physically view the ppm levels of the gas being detected without having to rely on handheld equipment.

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.

#familybusiness #futureofgassafety #gassafety #americangassafety #aspeexpo2018

Congratulations to Grant Brekke Junior for winning the AGS TopGolf target challenge!

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

After a first fantastic day at the ASPE show in Atlanta, AGS headed out with a few of our manufacturer representative teams to the local Topgolf center.


Pictured above is Chris May (Sales Development Manager at American Gas Safety) & the winner for the TopGolf target challenge, Grant Brekke Junior (Brekke Sales Representative for American Gas Safety)

Top Night at Top Golf with our Manufacturer representatives

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

A great turn out and great night with our manufacturer representatives at Topgolf in Atlanta!

AGS treated some of our wonderful reps to a night out! So after the first successful day at the ASPE EXPO we headed over to TopGolf Atlanta.
Pictured above Harry Warren Florida, Harry Warren Georgia, Hugh Cunningham, Brekke Sales, EJ Dwyer and The George Yardley Company.

                                                                                                               

It is truly amazing how far we have come in such a time period and a lot of this is down to our fantastic reps!

AGS currently have opportunities for new manufacturer representatives in the following states:
Alabama
Colorado
Hawaii
Idaho
Kentucky
Michigan
Mississippi
Montana
Ohio
Pennsylvania West, Virginia West
Utah
Washington State
Wyoming

If you would like to represent AGS, please contact us:

Phone:
(727)-608-4375

Email:
info@americangassafety.com

Buena Park High School Protected by AGS Utility Controller

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


Buena Park High School in Fullerton, CA have recently benefited from a $68 million bond allotted fund to upgrade their aging facilities and build the needed classrooms to accommodate their growing student population. Upgrades to the Buena Park High School included: new classrooms, library, underground utilities, ADA accessibility, and new landscaping and paving. Our Merlin utility controllers have been installed to 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. Examples of the installation can be seen below, thanks to Joel Baldovino of TK1SC and all at Verne’s plumbing for their assistance with this project:

As above, our Merlin 1000Si Utility Controller has been supplied with our Carbon Monoxide & Natural Gas Detectors. In the event of alarm levels of either gas being sensed, the detector in alarm will send a visual & audible alarm back to the 1000Si showing ‘High’ on the detector & ‘gas detected’ on the 1000Si. This will then close the connected gas solenoid valve stopping the gas being used in the lab and protecting not only the students in the room but also the building from any potential gas leaks.

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

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