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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

 

Reasons to Install Sensaphone Remote Monitors Instead of Typical Security Systems

by Barbara 6. January 2012 07:13

Question about advantages of Sensaphone Remote Monitoring Systems over security systems by national or local alarm and security companies.

Q: "We are building a new data center. Our choices are between a national or local alarm and security company with monthly monitoring fees or a Sensaphone system. We want to monitor power, temperature and humidity. We are also concerned about possible water leaks onto the flooring and being able to lower the thermostat in the room if one of the units begins to overheat. Which system do you recommend? Thanks. Bill."

Answer: For a data center, we would recommend the Sensaphone IMS-1000 Internet Remote Monitor, IMS-1002 or Sensaphone IMS-4000 PowerGate2 Outlet Switcher IMS-4302IMS-4000 unit over the Sensaphone Web600 Web-Monitor Alarm, No Land Line Needed. The WEB600 is a great starter solution with accessories like a battery back up, a temperature probe, a zone water detector and a humidity transmitter.  However, when you are talking a larger computer room or data center, you are talking about tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of equipment that keep your business operational 24/7.

Sensaphone Systems offer these advantages:

  • No Monthly Monitoring Fees: you buy the product and programs it to notify directly any employee or employees you choose without the cost of a central service that runs at least several hundred dollars annually.
  • Real Sensor Values: Universal inputs read actual temperature values and more.
  • Battery Backup: Either included or an inexpensive option.
  • Maximum Flexibility: Notifications using custom voice phone calls, emails, faxes, text messages, SNMP traps, etc. Communication is via land phone lines, cell phones, Ethernet or satellite.
  • Remote Access: You can program remotely whether a phone line product, a web-based products or a satellite product.
  • No Dependencies: stand alone solutions mean you get direct communication without a central service, computer or server in the middle.
  • Field Proven in Sensitive Applications: Proven reliability and validity in emergency response materials, military weapons systems, medicines, Homeland security, etc.
  • Innovation: In-house engineering. Three US patents for unique technologies. Constantly working to make products more powerful and easier to use.
  • Easy to Use: Simple, clear set up and maintenance. You don't have to be an electronics genius! Some products like the IMS series even automatically detect the sensor you've connected and configure it for you. The owners manuals are extensive and clear to follow. Telephone technical support is there, unlimited and toll free.
  • Made in the USA:  Yes! Sensaphone is made in Pennsylvania. All engineering design, manufacturing, servicing, testing and support are here in the USA.

For your data center, Safe Home recommends you choose the IMS-1002 model and then choose from the 9 sensors listed:

If a sensor is disconnected, you will get an alert. Each sensor is continuously monitored by the IMS parent unit. Cat-5 jacks and cables make it easier to connect to remote sensors using existing structured cabling.

The data logging includes a time stamped collection of input values that can be viewed and graphed. Plus you will get a detailed event history of user logins, telephone calles, etc. It is possible to add video integration to have an image sent of the condition that tripped the alarm. This is web-based monitoring with a traditional phone line, too.

You can place the IMS-1000 or IMS-4000 into your server rack. There are no moving parts in the IMS-1000 series units: each is complately standalone with its own internal battery back up.

Please contact us if you have additional questions. Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara

NEMA-4X Enclosure on Sensaphone Remote Monitors for Business Use

by Barbara 14. October 2011 08:33

Question about the Sensaphone 2000 Data Log Remote Monitor, Nema-4X Enclosure, Sensaphone CELL682 Remote Monitor Control System NEMA-4X Solid Door and Sensaphone 1400 Remote Monitor NEMA4X Enclosure Clear Door

Q: What is a NEMA4X enclosure? Do I need it on a Sensaphone remote monitor for my business? I see it listed on these Sensaphone units that I saw on your website.Thanks. Steve."

Answer: According to Nema.org, "Type 4X Enclosures constructed for either indoor or outdoor use to provide a degree of protection to personnel against access to hazardous parts; to provide a degree of protection of the equipment inside the enclosure against ingress of solid foreign objects (windblown dust); to provide a degree of protection with respect to harmful effects on the equipment due to the ingress of water (rain, sleet, snow, splashing water, and hose directed water); that provides an additional level of protection against corrosion; and that will be undamaged by the external formation of ice on the enclosure."

Sensaphone offers these enclosures on most of their remote monitors because many remote monitors are located in dusty or potentially corrosive industrial settings. Sensaphone monitors can be mounted inside buildings or outside. Those mounted in greenhouses are exposed to high humidity levels and water sprays as plants are watered. So purchase one with a NEMA4X enclosure if your situation requires it.

Choose a Sensaphone remote monitor according to the number of inputs you need and the complexity of your situation. For example the Sensaphone 2000 is a data logging monitor with 8 inputs and can contact up to 32 persons while the Sensaphone 1400 can monitor only 4 sensors for humidity, temperature, etc.

Thank you for your questions.

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

     

    Kidde Fire Sentry Smoke Alarm Does Not Monitor Carbon Monoxide

    by Barbara 3. June 2010 06:45

    Question about the Kidde Fire Sentry Smoke Alarm i9040E

    Q: "The new regulations in our town require carbon monoxide alarms installed in all new houses and rental properties. I am looking to replace my smoke alarms since they are almost 10 years old. Don't smoke alarms go off when carbon monoxide levels are high? Why do I need more alarms?" Thanks. Tom

    Answer: The sensors are different for smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms and combustible gas alarms (for propane, lp or natural gas). Until recently, some towns did not require the other two alarms. In fact currently the propane and natural gas alarms remain optional and virtually unknown except when a home or building explodes due to build up of combustible gasses.

    There are several kinds of smoke alarm sensors available: ionization and photoelectric. It is best to have both kinds of alarms in your home.

    Here are some examples of the choices we offer in Kidde Smoke Alarms and BRK alarms:

    • The Kidde Fire Sentry Smoke Alarm i9040E is an ionization sensor alarm that operates via one 9volt battery. There are 120VAC units such as the FireX/Kidde I5000 FADC which has a 10 year warranty and hard-wired to 120VAC. It has a 9V battery backup in case of power failure. It has a front loading battery door and can be used as a single station or multiple station unit, i.e. connects with other units in your home or business. This unit is great if you have a new home and can wire the appropriate connectors.
    • Otherwise a better choice is the Kidde Wireless RF Hardwired Interconnected Smoke Alarm with Battery Back -Up. The new wireless technology uses a radio frequency to both transmit and receive messages about a hazard in the home; when one alarm sounds, all will sound. This also has a ten year warranty. 
    • The Kidde Silhouette is a low profile AC/DC powered, ionization smoke alarm that operates on a 120V power source with a sealed rechargeable battery backup.
    • Photoelectric Smoke Alarm AC / DC Battery Backup - BRK 7010B UL 217 standard.Dust cover * Single button test / silence feature * 9V battery backup * Alarm indication * Photoelectric sensing chamber * Perfect mount keeps alarm secure over a wide rotation range * 10 year limited warranty * Optipath 360 technology.

    Most homes need at least 4 smoke alarms.

    Thanks for your question.

    Sincerely,

    Barbara

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    How to use the Sensaphone Smoke Detector

    by Barbara 14. February 2008 03:52

    Q: "Do you have the user manual for the Photoelectric Smoke Detector 120V for Sensaphones?"

    Answer: Yes. You will need to install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to view the information on the Sensaphone smoke alarm and most manuals.

    We do our best to include user manuals for all the products we sell, if they are available. To find the manuals, go to the page where the product is displayed. The link to the manuals is typically below the item's picture. In this case you would go to the page for the Photoelectric Smoke Detector 120V for Sensaphones and click on the manual link below the picture.

    The Smoke Detector with built-in relay utilizes a photoelectric sensing method and is designed for use in commercial and residential applications. The device requires hard–wired 120VAC 60Hz power (220VAC 50 Hz optional). The detector features two sets of dry alarm contacts: one form-A SPST and one form-C SPDT. The detector has tandem interconnect capability allowing up to
    6 devices to be connected together. A 90dBA audible horn is included. Also available with optional battery backup or in 220V. The detector can be used with all Sensaphone remote monitors.

    Please contact us if you have other questions.

    Sincerely, Barbara