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Bulk Orders on Safe Escape Smoke Hoods Save Money and Protect

by Barbara 3. November 2014 07:50

Recently, Safe Home received multiple requests for large quantities of Safe Escape Smoke Hoods. Most SKU's come in cases of 10 or 20. Let Safe Home be your supplier and save money on larger quantities that are shipped directly from our manufacturer.

Depending upon the quantities orders, Safe Home accepts prepayment by credit card or check. For Federal, State and Municipalities, Safe Home can offer Net 15 or Net 30 terms depending upon quantities ordered. We are a SAM registered woman owned small business located in Iowa City, Iowa.

If your business is located above the second floor of a high rise building, think seriously about how your employees can escape during a fire. Similarly, prisons and jails need to protect their employees during fires. A popular choice is the Safe Escape ASE 30 Smoke Hood in the soft case. For quantities of hard case units that can be hung on the wall or on near fire exits, consider a case of Safe Escape 30 minute hard case smoke hoods in a case of 20. 60 minute smoke hoods are also available as well as oxygen generating smoke hoods that use a chemical process, thus eliminating the risks of oxygen explosions.

SAFETY CODE COMPLIANCES includes:

  • Smoke and Fire safety Hood Mask conforms with USFA-FEMA standards.
  • European Standard EN 403.
  • Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1716:1994.
  • Thailand Disaster Prevention
  • Department of the Interior Ministry. Japanese Standard 248.

 

Please contact us directly regarding your needs. We sell Safe Escape smoke hoods ranging from 30 minutes to oxygen producing respirators. Sales@SafeHomeProducts.com is the best email to use. Please send us your company name, physical address, phone numbers, email and point of contact. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Barbara

750 Watt ECO-SAVE Ceramic Electric Heaters Allow Efficent Small Area Heating Due to Compact Size

by Barbara 4. November 2013 14:07

Question about the ECO-Save Ceramic Electric Heaters.

Q: "What makes this electric space heater better than a Cozy Legs panel for an office area?"Thanks. Sara

Answer: The Cozy Legs is great for under desk heating. It is, however, a radiant heating panel. So there is no fan. Also for best use, you need a stand. So moving it is somewhat awkward.

The ECO-Save Portable Electric Heater Features Include:

  • Energy Saving
  • Low wattage
  • Reduced fire risk
  • Keeps you warm for less $$
  • Safety tip-over shut off protection
  • Variable speed fan
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Ceramic Heating Element
  • Voltage: 120V 60Hz
  • Power: 750W
  • Weight: 4.63lbs
  • Dimensions: 8.86"x8.86"x12.4", 11” H x 7.5” Diameter
  • ETL Listed.
  • Warranty: 6 months by manufacturer
Another advantage is that you can use two of these in the same area as a single 1500 Watt heater and get better heating coverage.

Thanks for your question. Please contact us if you are interested in a quantity purchase.

Sincerely,
Barbara

Replace Safe-T-Alert RV30-441 Propane Alarm With a Safe-T-Alert 35-741,CO Alarm/Gas Alarm Combo

by Barbara 24. October 2013 06:05

Question about replacements for CCI Controls Propane Alarm 7770.244.

Question: "What 12 Volt RV gas alarm can replace my CCI Controls 7770.244 that is beeping? I also need a new carbon monoxide alarm." Thanks. Steve.

Answer: Safe-T-Alert has two units, the Safe-T-Alert 30-441 and the Safe-T-Alert 35-741. Both are surface mount units.  If you want to add more carbon monoxide detection, I suggest the new combination units, the 35-741 which comes in a black surface mount RV alarm and a white unit. The 30-441, gas only monitor with alarm, comes in brown and white. Both have approximately the same dimensions as the old CCI units.

If your carbon monoxide alarm is hard-wired, please look at these two units, the Safe-T-Alert 65-542 and the Safe-T-Alert 65-541 . The first is flush mounted, i.e. the rear of the unit goes into your RV wall. The second is flush mounted. These are available in white, brown and black.

If your carbon monoxide alarm is battery powered, consider replacing it with the Costar 9RV which meets all the RVIA specs for humidity and temperature ranges. For more protection, install the Costar 12RV-DB which hooks to both your coach 12 volt system and to your RV 12 volt engine battery. This unit draws from the unit with the most power and also has a 9 volt battery back-up.

And make sure your smoke alarm was replaced within the past 5 years as well. Nothing more annoying than being woken in the middle of the night by a false alarm! The Safe-T-Alert 775 is a 9 volt battery powered unit that is UL listed and approved for RV use.

Thanks for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Chain Fire Ladders or Emergency Ladders for 2nd thru 6th Stories, Made in USA Safety Products

by Barbara 8. June 2012 07:09

Question about Made in USA escape ladders

Q: "I manage a residence for abused women. Our building is 6 stories high. We do have some fire escapes. However, many of the bedrooms are not near the fire escapes. We are looking for ladders that can be kept under a bed or in a closet for emergency escape in case there is a fire. We prefer to Buy American. Which ladders do you suggest we purchase? Thanks. Beth."

Answer: We recommend the Bold Ladders which are made in the USA by Bold Industries. There are 12 foot, 20 foot, 35 foot and 50 foot ladders.

  • Quickescape 12 foot ladders. Weight: about 15 lbs. Choose from a QuickEscape QFL12SL Emergency Ladder With Sleeves, 12FT or a QuickEscape QFL 12 Emergency Chain Ladder, 12FT without plastic sleeve covering. Note: plastic covering helps to reduce the possibility of tangling. The 12 foot ladder is an Emergency Escape Ladder For the 2nd Floor. The QuickEscape® Emergency Escape Ladder hooks over a window sill for quick escape when other exits are blocked. Place the ladder hooks over the window sill and climb down the ladder to safety.  A portable ladder, the Quickescape ladders are tested to support over 1000 lbs.and fit standard windowsill walls up to 10" thick. There are easy to install or remove standoffs for each rung: standoffs give more stability while allowing flexibility to avoid a variety of wall obstructions or hazards. For example, if there is a lower floor window located directly below the designated egress (escape) window and the path of deployed escape ladder will goe along that wall. For this situation, prepare the ladder in advance by removing the standoffs that would hit the window, thus avoiding breaking the glass. The ladder is made from 18 gauge steel with a 2/0 double loop chain in red and gray. There is a life time warranty.
  • Quickescape 20 foot emergency escape ladders. Weight: about 22 lbs. Each ladder is identical in construction to the Quickescape 12 foot ladders. The difference is that this ladder is made for escape from a 3rd story. Choose either the Quickescape with plastic covering of the chains or the Bold QuickEscape Fire Ladder, No Sleeves, 20FT with plain chains.
  • ResQLadder® Emergency Escape Ladder, 35 feet long. Weight is about 24 lbs. This fire ladder is made for escapes from the 4th floor. Red and white in color, the gauge of the ladder is 18 gauge and 20 gauge. Again the ladder supports up to 1000 lbs. total and has removable stand-offs. Choose from a 35 Ft ResQLadder® Emergency Escape Ladder with plastic covering the chains or Bold FL35 Res Q Ladder, No Chain Sleeves, 35 Feet.
  • ResQLadder® Emergency Escape Ladder, 50 feet long. Weight is about 38 lbs.  This ladder is made for escapes from the 5th through 6th floor. Red and white in color, the gauge of the ladder is 18 gauge and 20 gauge. Again the ladder supports up to 1000 lbs. total and has removable stand-offs. Choose from a 50 Ft ResQLadder® Emergency Escape Ladder with no covering the chains or a 50 Ft ResQLadder® Emergency Escape Ladder with plastic on the chains. Plastic sleeves mean less likelihood of the chain tangling during deployment and more comfortable climbing down.

Remember that along with having escape ladders available, you need to have fire exits marked as well as the locations of the ladders marked. Smoke hoods are often recommended for those who are in rooms without windows with direct access to those with fire ladders. Install and regularly test smoke alarms.

Note: Due to Liability Issues This Product is Returnable Only In Event of a Defect Verified by the Manufacturer.

Thank you for your question. We do discount larger quantities of ladders, smoke hoods and most of our products.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

UL and CSA Require RV CO and Propane Gas Alarms Stop Working in 3-5 Years

by Barbara 28. April 2012 10:03

Question about life span of carbon monoxide and propane monitor/alarms in RV's and trailers.

Q: "My RV has the original carbon monoxide and propane monitors. When should I replace them? Thanks Tom."

Answer: Safe Home recently learned that all newly manufactured 12V propane alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, whether combination alarms or single alarms, must include an internal shut-down system. The Safe-T-Alert brand we sell has an internal warning system that beeps and flashes when the sensor is dying and then beeps and flashes when the unit shuts down from sensor failure. Typical life is 3 to 5 years unless the sensors are exposed to aerosols such as spray deodorants, cooking sprays, cleaners, etc. Note the date of installation on the outside of the unit with a sticker or log into your owner's manual so you won't be awakened in the middle of no where with the bad news that your units are or have failed.

Below is the information we received from Safe-T-Alert in April 2012 to share with customers.

CARBON MONOXIDE & PROPANE ALARM REPLACEMENT NOTICE: Note to Customers:

All Safe-T-Alert Propane and Carbon Monoxide Alarms that are 5 years old and older are beyond their Mandatory Replacement Time and MUST be replaced.

Background: Underwriters’ Laboratories (UL®) Carbon Monoxide Standard UL 2034 and Canadian Standards Association (CSA®) CSA 119.2 now require that all Carbon Monoxide alarms be designed to stop service in 3 to 5 years . UL and CSA have determined that Carbon Monoxide alarms have a limited life. Propane alarms use similar sensors and UL will require the same service life in the near future.

ALL MTI Propane and Carbon Monoxide alarms which are over five (5) years old MUST be replaced. The following Safe-T-Alert Carbon Monoxide Alarm Models MUST be replaced: SA-4, SA-5, 50-541 and 50-542. Models 60-541 and 60-542 over five (5) years old MUST be replaced.The following Safe-T-Alert Propane Alarms Models MUST be replaced: SA-7 and SA-8. Models 30-441,30-442, 40-441 and 40-442 that are over five (5) years old MUST be replaced.

Important! Only install CO and Propane alarms that are UL or CSA listed for Recreational Vehicle Use.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

 

 

Lightweight Safe Escape Self-Rescue Respirators Produce Oxygen Via Chemical Process

by Barbara 19. February 2012 05:24

Question about the Safe Escape Oxygen Generating Self Rescue Respirator, Steel Case

Q: "Currently, we are using self-rescue hoods and oxygen tanks as our emergency preparedness units in case of fire in our underground storage facility. I see that you have a unit that generates its own oxygen. We are concerned about tanks exploding. How does this unit operate? How much time would we have to escape if we need to use it.? Thanks. Tom

Answer: The unit is the Safe Escape Oxygen Generating Self Rescue Respirator, in the steel case. The advantages of the stainless steel encased unit include being compact (4 inches by 5.25 inches by 7.5 inches),easily wall mounted near exits and puncture resistant. The main advantage is that a chemical process generates the oxygen so there are no dangerous, heavy oxygen tanks involved. Weight due to the case is about 5 lbs. does weigh about 5 lbs.

Safe Home sells these units primarily for use below decks of ships, especially in engine rooms and for underground storage facilities like yours. The Safe Escape Oxygen Generating Self-Rescue Respirators give you 30 minutes up to 60 minutes of breathable oxygen (21% Concentration). Unlike the SCBA (Self Contained Breathing Apparatus) oxygen tanks, these units are lightweight and have no risk of  secondary explosions due to oxygen tank issues.  No maintenance and no special fitting are needed. Each closed system unit has an orange hood that fits any sized head. The nose/mouthpiece has been tested, passed and certified by SGS. This oxygen respirator unit is vacuum sealed in a bag: no moisture can enter. Just open, escape and throw it away.  The case is steel: certified and compliant for IMO, International Maritime Organization for use in engine rooms and areas of ships below deck.

The respirator hood is made from PVC that provides protection for up to 100 degrees Celsius (over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit) as well as direct flame and hot falling ash protection.The high temperature rubber neck band seals off the breathing area to keep 100% of any possible toxins from entering the respirator.

Other uses for this self-rescue oxygen generating respirator are private yachts, chemical facilities, oil platforms and refineries, hotels, high rise office buildings, correctional facilities, police, military, fire rescue, first responders, subways, or underground mining industry.

Safe Escape Oxygen Generating Self-Rescue Respirator AFSY30 EEBD Stainless Steel Case Features:

    Self-contained oxygen generation for 30 to 60 minutes
    SGS certified mouthpiece and nose piece
    IMO certified and compliant for use in engine room areas and ship areas below deck.
    PVC hood withstands temperatures up to 1000 degrees C.
    Hood color is orange
    Stainless Steel Hard Case: 4 inches by 5.25 inches by 7.5 inches
    Weight: approx. 2 KG or 5 lbs.
    WARRANTY: This product has a 5 year Shelf Life from the Date of Manufacture.
    FREE ONE TIME REPLACEMENT, Excluding shipping costs/ Taxes or Duties) should you use it in an actual Documented Case where Fire / Smoke are or / were present where-upon these units were used to facilitate escape or while awaiting rescue during the 4 or 5 years. Product should be returned to Distributor or Ourselves along with a Official Report from Law Enforcement / Fire / Civil Defense / Military Authorities in order to verify its usage in an actual situation where Smoke and/or Fire were present. We will replace them Once During the 5 Year Shelf Life. For Government Agencies / Departments no more than once a year with proper documentation supporting their claim and the return to us of the used unit along with documentation / official police / fire report.

Note: Special colors are available in minimum orders of 500 units. Imprinting is available. Available colors include black, sand and army green.

Safe Home also sells the same unit in a hard case made from PVC plastic, the SafeEscape Oxygen Generating Self Rescue Respirator, Hard Case and in a soft case, the Safe Escape Oxygen Generating Self Rescue Respirator, Soft Case, 10/CS

These are a special order item: typically made to order for delivery within two weeks.Minimum purchase is a case of 10 units.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Which Safe Escape Smoke Hoods Are Being Purchased for Use in Jails?

by Barbara 15. May 2011 10:01

Question about the Safe Escape Chem Bio Smoke Fire Gas Escape Hood and the Safe Escape 30 minute in the hard case.

Q: "I work in a county jail. Which of the smoke hoods are you selling for use in jails and prisons? Can you connect me with some of your customers so I can make a better decision as to why certain smoke hoods were purchased? Thanks. Brad"

Answer: What I did was contact two of my most recent customers to get their permission to speak with Brad. One customer in Oregon purchased 100 of the Safe Escape 30 minute in the hard case and the other purchased 20 of the Safe Escape Chem Bio Smoke Fire Gas Escape Hood. I explained to my prospective customer that there was confidentiality about our customers, that I needed to contact them to get their verbal permission and to share his name and contact information with them as well.

The Chem Bio Smoke hood is more expensive but protects against many more toxic gasses that can result from burning items.The hard case 30 minute smoke and fire hoods can be hung on a wall convenient to the prison guards or police officers.

Both my Oregon customer and my Florida customer graciously agreed to share their reasoning for their purchases and both the customers and my prospective Floridian customer were given contact information.

We thank our prospective customer for asking his customer and our other law enforcement customers for helping both him and Safe Home.  If you have any questions about any of our smoke hoods, please contact us.

Sincerely, Barbara

Replace Safe Escape Smoke Hoods Every 5 Years or 5 Years from Manufacture Date

by Barbara 3. March 2011 14:14

Question about the Safe Escape Fire Smoke Hood ASE30,Soft,20/CS

Q: "What is the real shelf life of the Safe Escape Smoke Hoods? Our company purchased 40 in 2005 as we are on the 20th floor of a building in Chicago. We just realized they are dated April 2005. Thank you. Steve"

Answer: The shelf life is 5 years from the date of manufacture. All units will have a minimum warranty of 48 months. This is because they are made in China and shipping to the USA warehouse, to us and to our customers takes time. If an order is 5 or more cases of 20, the products can be shipped directly to our customers in the USA, Canada and other countries. The reason for the maximum shelf life of 5 years is that the chemicals begin to deteriorate over time. This happens even though each smoke hood is vacuum sealed in a pouch inside the carrying or storage case.

The Safe Escape 30 minute and 60 minutes smoke hoods have a 3 part system that protects against:

  • Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN)
  • Hydrogen Chloride (HCL)
  • Acrolein (CH 2 CHCHO)
  • Anthrax
  • And many other toxic gases and smoke

Additional Warranty: If this unit is used in conjunction with an actual documented case when either fire or smoke are present, submit a fire or police report. We will forward this to the manufacturer and you will receive a replacement unit with a 5 year shelf life direct from the China manufacturing facility. This replacement will be free excluding shipping, duties and taxes. 

The units you purchased have a maximum 30 minutes escape time. If you are concerned you may need longer time to descend to the first floor to escape, then consider the Safe Escape Smoke Fire Hood ASE60 Soft Case 60 min.. The other smoke hood options are the Safe Escape 30 minute in the hard case and the Safe Escape 60 minute in the hard case. We also sell a Safe Escape Chem Bio Smoke Fire Gas Escape Hood. The hard case units can be mounted on the wall. Othewise they are identical to the soft case ones. This provides 30 minutes' escape time. The additional protection offered is against more than smoke as you see below.

5 Part Chem Bio System Protects Against:

  • GREEN: Sarin, Hydrocyanic Acid, Hydrogen Arsenide, Phosgene, Diphosgene, Chlorpicrin, Pestmaster, Dichloromethane, Hydrogen Chloride (HCL), Lewsite Gas, Mustard Gas, Sarin, Benzene
  • RED: Benzene, Chlorine, Acetone, Alcohol Class, Aniline Class, Carbon Disulphide, Carbon Tetrachloride, Chloroform, Methyl Bromide, Chlorotoluene, Nitroalkaline, Chlorpicrin, Ammonia Gas, Suphur Dioxide, Chlorine Gas, Hydrogen Sulphide, Oxides of Nitrogen, Phosgene, Phosphorate or Chlorine organoagricultural chemicals.
  • WHITE: Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • PURPLE: Radioaerosol, Bacteria aerosol, Other Toxic Smoke, Fog, Dust

Shelf Life: 12 year on hood. 4 year on replaceable filter. Note: the cost of replacing the filters by the factory makes this option more expensive than new smoke hoods. Warranty: If this unit is used in conjunction with an actual documented case when either fire or smoke are present, submit a fire or police report. We will forward this to the manufacturer and you will receive a replacement unit with a 5 year shelf life direct from the China manufacturing facility. This replacement will be free excluding shipping, duties and taxes.

Contact us and we will be glad to provide you with a quotation for any quantity of smoke hoods of any type we ell.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Safety Alarms Needed to Protect Home Recently Converted to Natural Gas Heat and Water Heater

by Barbara 31. December 2010 02:34

Question: "We recently converted to natural gas heat and gas hot water boiler. We have two floors above this basement installation. What safety alarm units are required for protection? Nate.

Answer: Thanks for your question for the Ask Barbara Contest, Nate. I am going to answer with the assumption that your home was all electric prior to this conversion. If you heated with propane or oil, some of these recommendations may not apply.

Natural gas homes or businesses need two different types of safety alarms.

Combustible Gas Alarms.

Why do I need a combustible gas detector/gas alarm?

The purpose of a combustible gas alarm is to alert you when you have a raw gas leak. Yes, mercaptan is added to natural gas to make it smell like rotten eggs. But if you are not in the area of the gas appliances and/or you do not have an ability to smell, the odor does you no good. This units must be installed near the gas using appliances. So if your gas furnace and gas water heater are side by side, one natural gas alarm is all you need.

  • No matter how good your nose is, you may not be in the right place at the right time to notice a natural gas or propane leak.
  • Carbon monoxide alarms give NO protection against combustible gas leaks. carbon monoxide sensors detect only carbon monoxide, not raw fuel.
  • Turning off a light, setting a security alarm or closing a door spark a gas explosion or fire. Natural gas leaking from a basement furnace can leak upstairs through hollow walls.
  • Gas can leak into homes via sump pits, inbound water lines or a natural gas well under your home.
  • Each gas appliance is a potential source of a gas leak. Each gas appliance needs its own gas detector
  • We sell two different models with gas specific sensors. These are the Safe-T-Alert Model 40-411-120 and the Safety Siren Pro Gas Alarm; The main differences between the units are how they are installed.

    To properly install the Safe-T-Alert you need an electrical outlet near to the gas appliances. Because this unit has a line cord that is approximately 65 long, mounting ths unit properly is usually less a problem that the direct plug-in Safety Siren. Raw gas detection units must be mounted within 6 inches of the ceiling or on the ceiling at least 12 inches from a wall for natural gas leak protection. Natural gas pools above the appliance: think of an upside down pothole filling with water and you get the picture.

    The Safety Siren requires an electrical outlet near the appliance. Many people choose this option because the Safety Alert unit has a safety tab through which an outlet screw goes. This means the unit cannot be removed from a standard, single screw, double outlet without removing the screw.  These units meet the UL1484 standards for combustible gas alarms.

    Note: UL 1484 listed combustible gas detectors are not detectors for minute gas leaks. Sensors and detectors are tested in a combustible gas environment and meet the UL 1484 standards for alerts of dangerous gas levels. Deliberate exposure to natural gas, butane, propane, etc. can destroy the sensor in this unit. Use the test button to test this unit, not exposure to raw gas.

    Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

    One product of natural gas and all fossil fuels like coal, wood, peat, etc. is carbon monoxide, a colorless, odorless gas. If your furnace and water heater are working properly, carbon monoxide is vented outside. If the vents are not working properly due to obstructions or the furnace heat exchanger cracks, then carbon monoxide is discharged into the air. Unlike combustible gasses, carbon monoxide does not pool but is distributed throughout your air. Carbon monoxide exposure symptoms range from flu-like symptoms to brain damage to death from asphyxiation.

    Recommended at a minimum are carbon monoxide alarms in or outside every bedroom, near the gas appliances and at the top of stairways. The easiest to install are the 9 volt battery units. Believe the alarm even if it sounds intermittently. About 5 years ago, I went to visit my parents in Pennsylvania. They have a washer and gas dryer in their kitchen (since 1952). I noticed that the Costar 9 volt CO alarms were all off their mounts (there were three units total). I was told they were "defective" as they were going off intermittently. I took them home with me and sent them to Quantum Group to be tested. Dave from Quantum phoned and said nothing was wrong with them! Meanwhile, my elderly father did NOT install the plug in Safe-T-Alert unit I had sent them because "I didn't know where to put it." The problem was the vent for the gas dryer was partially clogged with lint!  Since then, local code has changed: their 4 inch diameter gas dryer vent had to be replaced with a 5 inch for the newest dryer to be installed this past year.

    Types of Carbon Monoxide Alarms:

    If you are really concerned about a gas leak, we recommend the Scentry III gas valve shut off systems. Choose from a Scentry III GFRAB LP/Natural Gas Detector Valve Controller with remote sensor capability and a battery back-up option feature or a Scentry III SFGVC Automatic Gas Valve Controller, No Gas Valveunit with a single sensor at the gas valve itself. Scentry units are made in the USA. They do require a special diaphragm type gas valve in 1/2, 3/4 or 1 inch size, a 24 volt power supply and 120VAC or 240VAC power.

    Also install and maintain your smoke alarms which I am sure you already have.

    Thank you for your question and your entry in the Ask Barbara Contest.

    Sincerely, Barbara

    Install Safety First Automatic Gas Valve System and Prevent Gas Explosions In Home or Business

    by Barbara 20. September 2010 13:13

    Question about the Scentry III GFRAB Automatic Gas Valve and Gas Detector System and the Scentry III SFGVC Gas Valve Controller, No Gas Valve

    Q:"After the explosion in San Bruno, CA on 9/9/2010, I am concerned about my home exploding. I have a natural gas furnace, a natural gas fireplace, a natural gas water heater and a natural gas range. I don't have a full basement: my crawl space is about 12 inches high. Drainage is excellent. There would be some moisture but not water. Can this automatic gas valve and sensor system system be installed there?I see that the Scentry III has a connection for an auto-dialer and also can be connected to a ventilation system. Thanks. Thomas."

    Answer: This unit allows you to use remote gas detectors to place near your other gas appliances. There is a battery back-up available if you want protection during a power failure. We do have an installation manual available on our website for this unit.The Scentry Installation Manual.

    The GFRAB stands for gas sensor, mounting feet, remote ready, alarm and battery and includes the gas valve shut-off/controller. NOTE: Must be used with a Scentry III gas valve (sold separately).  Each Scentry gas sensor is calibrated in a gaseous atmosphere so it will alarm at 10% of the lower explosive level (LEL) of the combustible gas. This is not a carbon monoxide alarm as it has only a combustible gas alarm sensor.

    Scentry III-GFRAB Gas (Mounting) Feet Remote (Ready) Alarm Battery Specifications:

    • Case: ABS Plastic
    • Physical Size: 7.6 inches by 4.6 inches
    • Weight: 2.25 lbs
    • Color: Gray
    • Power consumption: 1.5va
    • Supports up to 4 calibrated remote sensors (not included)
    • Requires Scentry III-GVD gas valve (purchase separately)
    • Supports Battery Back-Up (Not Included)
    • Gas Valve Controller for combustible gasses such as natural gas or propane gas. Includes a 24 volt transformer.
    • Connections: screw terminals
    • Input Power: 115VAC, 60 Hz
    • Output Control Relays: 2 amps, 24 VAC
    • Alarm Signal Output: 12V DC @500 ma
    • Reset: manual
    • Sensor Type: Tin Dioxide Semiconductor
    • Alarm Points: Propane (LP) <5200 PPM
    • Alarm Points: Natural Gas / Methane <12,200 PPM
    • Manufactured Proudly in the USA for Safety First USA, Inc.
    • Warranty: 1 year from date of purchase.

    The gas valves that interface are a 1/2 inch, a 3/4 inch and a 1 inch valve.

    Scentry III-SFGVC Safety First Gas Valve Controller Specifications:
    • Case: ABS Plastic
    • Physical Size: 4.6 inches by 3.1 inches
    • Weight: .5 lb.
    • Color: Bone
    • Reset: manual
    • Output Control Relays: 4 amp, 24VAC
    • Power: 1.5va
    • Sensor Type: Tin Dioxide Semiconductor
    • Connections: screw terminals
    • Propane alarm point: <5200 PPM
    • Natural Gas/Methane<12,200 PPM
    • Note: Requires a UL Listed Scentry III .5 inch, .75 inch or 1 inch diaphragm type gas valve that is compatible (not included).
    • Note: Requires a 24V transformer (NOT INCLUDED). See installation instructions for specifications i.e. must match the transformer to power requirements of your gas valve.
    • Note: No option for battery back-up to be added later
    • Note: No option for additional sensors to be added later.
    • Made in USA.
    • Manufacturer: Safety First USA

    The gas valves that interface are a 1/2 inch, a 3/4 inch and a 1 inch valve.

    So the main differences between the units are that the Scentry III-GFRAB gas alarm and gas valve controller (shut-off) includes the 24 volt transformer, has mounting feet and can add options of battery back-up, remote gas sensors and remote alarms.  With the battery option, the pilot lights remain litt during intermittent power failures in regions such as the mountain states where electric power is not always continuous. A 12V output allows adding a phone dialer to alert owners of vacation homes, etc. when an unsafe condition has occurred. Remote gas sensors can be added near gas ranges, gas water heaters, gas furnaces, gas heaters, etc. to add protection using only one gas valve controller.

    Please contact us if you have questions about what components to install.

    Remember that you need carbon monoxide sensor alarms on every floor of your home and in every bedroom where you close the door. The CO monitor does not monitor propane or natural gas leaks: it monitors the carbon monoxide levels from incomplete combustion of fossil fuels like wood, coal, gas, charcoal, etc.

    Thanks again for your timely question.

    Sincerely, Barbara