ASPE Convention 2022

By | AGS, American Gas Safety
It has been nearly four years since the last ASPE convention in person, it was great to be back.

ASPE 2022 proved to be the best received yet, with the AGS team discussing & demonstrating the various solutions endlessly to engineers, contractors & distributors.

Although the numbers aren’t out just yet, “the 2022 ASPE Convention & Expo in Indianapolis was one of the best shows in ASPE’s history—one of, if not the best attended from a numbers’ standpoint, and the interactions between exhibitors and attendees were outstanding from all accounts,” said Billy Smith, FASPE, Executive Director/CEO, ASPE.

Tony DeDionisio at American Gas Safety was interviewed this year by PHCPPros and was able to discuss many of the subjects that we’ve been preaching to engineers, contractors, and building owners around gas safety.

You can find the full 15 minute interview on link below. short snippet on carbon monoxide interlocks. If you’d like to view the full 15 minute interview, you can click the link below.

About the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE). ASPE is the only professional organization devoted to the training and certification of plumbing engineers and designers. ASPE and its 6,600 worldwide members are dedicated to protecting the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the dissemination of technical data and information to expand the base of knowledge among plumbing engineers, designers, contractors, code officials, inspectors, and manufacturers.

Experiments at the AGS factory

By | American Gas Safety

We have been experimenting with our new gas detector enclosures and cannot decide which we like the best 🤔

What is your favorite color? 🌈

Contact American Gas Safety or your local representative for further information on how we can add modern safety to your design.

Plumbing Engineer Magazine Article

By | American Gas Safety

We need a national combustible gas leak detection code

National Sales Director, Chris May, joined up with the plumbing engineer magazine to discuss the importance of gas safety.

American Gas Safety are solving the problems with gas safety in boiler rooms through two methods: adding combustible gas detection and gas detection interlocks. In many cases, a gas detection interlock can save lives.

‘With more than a decade of designing authority control and gas detection systems, it still astonishes me that we don’t have a national combustible gas leak detection code. Refrigerant detection, yes. Carbon monoxide (CO) detection, yes. Nitrogen dioxide and CO in enclosed parking structures, yes. We even have hydrogen detection codes for battery storage or battery charging rooms.

These codes all make sense as they add protection and life safety to our designs. But we still don’t have a national requirement to protect mechanical rooms, the facilities they serve or the people working in and around them from the dangers of combustible gas leaks.

Boiler or mechanical rooms are areas where we see the majority of a building’s gas use. Heaters, boilers and burners are all combusting gas. The location of the boiler or mechanical room should be taken into consideration as well; they are typically found in the lower levels or basements of buildings. An explosion event there could damage not only the room itself but the structure of the building, placing all the occupants in danger.’

Check out our article in Plumbing Engineer magazine to learn more about this.

How Safe Is Your Boiler Room Design?

Contact American Gas Safety or your local representative for further information on how we can add safety to your design.

Detectors Coverage & Location

By | AGS

There are no official figures of the area coverage of gas detectors; however, 50-100m2 per detector is a reasonable general guide.
For ParkSafe Detectors in an open floor plan/garage e.g., 7500sq ft – The radius of coverage should be approx. 15.2 m (50 feet) per Detector or 2,310 sq.m (7,580sq. ft).

There are no specific standards governing gas detector location (unlike fire detection systems); there are, however, general guidance documents. The most relevant being IEC 60079-29-2: Part 29: Gas detectors – Selection, installation, use and maintenance of detectors for flammable gases and oxygen. Much of what it covers is also relevant to toxic gas detection.
Detectors should be mounted where a potential hazard of gas is most likely to be present.

The following points should be noted also when locating gas sensors. When locating detectors consider

• The possible damage caused by natural events e.g., rain or flooding.
• Ease of access to the gas detector for functional testing, observation and service.
• How gas may behave due to natural or forced air currents.

Locations for detectors will vary based on the intended application and target gas, they should be located near identified sources of a potential gas leaks/pockets where gas could quickly accumulate and areas of identified consequential risk to detect gas. The composition of the target gas and its density relative to air are used as the basis for the recommended height of sensors.

Generally, the installation height of a sensor for a heavy gas (such as propane) would be close to the lowest point in the area, and for a light gas (such as methane) would be close to the highest point in the area. These recommended heights may vary based on air flow and temperature conditions in addition to the proposed application and location – this is particularly apparent with oxygen depletion sensors, and the target gas that they are used for.

Target Gas Typical Position
Natural Gas/Methane (NG) High Level – (1ft) from ceiling
Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Low Level – (1ft) from ground level
Carbon Monoxide (CO) Breathing Zone – (5ft 6”) from ground level
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Breathing Zone – (5ft 6”) from ground level
Hydrogen (H2) High Level – (1ft) from ceiling
Oxygen (O2) *Breathing Zone – (3 – 5ft) from ground level

* If you are installing and monitoring Oxygen depletion – consider the density of gas for its application and position the detector accordingly i.e. ground level for high density gases

ASPE Golf Tournament

By | American Gas Safety

Tony DeDionisio and Daniel Lavene had the pleasure of representing American Gas Safety at the annual golf tournament this year.

AGS is lucky to have such a great local ASPE chapter right here in our backyard. The West Coast Florida American Society of Plumbing Engineers is a fantastic organization made up of great people.

Leading Sales Team 2021

By | AGS, American Gas Safety

Congratulations to Hugh M. Cunningham Companies for achieving the highest sales for 2021

Pictured above is Aaron May (Vice President) & Jim Ambery (President) – Left to right 

Huge congratulations to the team at Hugh M. Cunningham Companies for an excellent year of sales.

The pandemic certainly did not slow them down as they effortlessly surpassed their targets.
With offices in Carrollton, Houston & San Antonio, the team have provided fantastic coverage across Texas, Oklahoma & New Mexico.

Highest achieved sales is always a great achievement. The winners get a silver Merlin controller and plaque to display with pride!

We thank you for all your hard work and continued support, long may it continue.

Taking you behind the scenes

By | American Gas Safety

Pictured above is a insight on the continuous work carried out at the factory, now manufacturing over 3000+ Merlin controllers every month!
With 4 full time design engineers and 24 factory staff, we are continually evolving our products to keep us market leaders within the Gas Safety industry.

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

Outstanding Manufacturer Representative of the Year

By | AGS, American Gas Safety

Congratulations to Vernon Bitzer Associates, AGS rep of the year 2021

Pictured above is the Pennsylvania based, Vernon Bitzer Associates

To highlight some of the great work that reps do, the AGS Team select a Manufacturer Representative of the Year.
This year, this has been awarded to Vernon Bitzer Associates, who have made the biggest impact with representing and promoting the AGS line of products.
Being selected as rep of the year is a great achievement. The winners get a golden Merlin controller and plaque to display with pride!

Congratulations and thank you VBA for your continued support.

AGS Reps

By | AGS

American Gas Safety is represented in all states via our team of Manufacturers Reps. We are proud to have such loyal and professional representatives promote our range of Gas Safety controllers. They are also educating engineers the importance of protecting life within buildings from potential gas leaks or gas poisoning. Our Merlin range provides full protection on all the applications listed below:

  • Utility shut off controllers for Labs
  • Parking Lot NO2/Carbon Monoxide Detection and Fan Control
  • Gas Leak Detection in Mechanical rooms
  • Ventilation & CO Control in Kitchens
  • Fire Pit Gas Shut Off with Timer
  • Fire House Gas Kitchen and Grill Shut off
  • CO2 Monitoring in Work spaces or Classrooms
  • Gas BBQ Grill Control and Shut Off
  • EPO Buttons & Gas Solenoid Valves
  • Residential LPG and Carbon Monoxide Shut Off

If you are currently working on any of the above projects please do not hesitate to reach out to us or your local rep.

AGS Reps

Thanks again team for representing us. #gas #safety #familybusiness #manufacturersrep #team #engineers