Gas Detectors by Peak Alarm

Gas Detectors

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com www.peakalarm.com for pricing for any type of gas, smoke or flame detectors

To protect life and property there are several different kinds of detectors, Smoke detectors both beam and spot and they come in different flavors such as ION or photoelectric or even multicriteria.

Carbon Monoxide CO detectors – Known as the silent killer which is the leading cause of accidental poisening (See AMA) Caused by fuels not burning completely.
Carbon Dioxide CO2 detectors – also oderless and very dangerous
Nitrogen Dioxide NO2 detectors – by project of burning bydrocarbons
Natural gas detectors

Example some systems are set up in a garage area to detect gas and then turn on large fans to evacuate the gas making it safe to breath inside again. Call for quote.

Getting alarm bids and pricing in Utah

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Contact Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com www.peakalarm.com for suggestions, corrections or information about pricing and bids.

In order to get bids for an alarm system in Utah it will be prudent to keep these things in mind:

1. Get a drawing done so all bidders are bidding the same locations and equipment. Get this drawing done even if it is hand drawn so all bidders are bidding the same work.
2. Put a clear scope of work together so all companies will know exactly what needs to be done.
3. Avoid equipment brands that only have one dealer in the State because if they win the bid and install that equipment you are stuck with that for service and sales of equipment.
4. Check and see if any codes apply for your system or special licensing that may be needed.
5. Compare apples to apples since a commercial security system is different that a residential system.
6. Example adding a residential smoke detector to your security system for a home is fine but for a business is not.
7. Insist on sitting down with the alarm representative and asking questions.
8. It is best to have the same company install the system that will monitor the system if possible to you can avoid 3rd party services as much as possible.
9. Peak Alarm can provide the CAD drawings, design, alarm installation, inspections, monitoring and even Guard response in Salt Lake all from one company.

10. Get pricing for monitoring as well as any additional services like guard response or if you need web access or openings and closings to know when your alarm system is being armed and disarmed and by whom. We had a tanning salon that we were monitoring and I called the owner after reviewing his opening and closing reports and asked him if it was normally for employees to come in at 3AM and he said no why? I explained and he found out employees were bringing their friends in to tan early in the morning.

11. Ask the Alarm Company to price the least expensive system as well as a system with quality equipment and ask what the difference is in the higher end equipment so you can decide what is best for your situation.

12. Determine if any other work needs to be done like high voltage electrical outlets and be clear about who will pay for this so it will be included. Normally alarm companies only do low voltage work but they can hire an electrical contractor to do the high voltage if needed or the owner can take care of that.

Designing a fire alarm System in Utah

In Utah the horns have to stop and strobes keep flashing after silenced

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1. Meet with the owner to discuss any special concerns for their project, try to obtain a set of plans and meet with a NICET design professional to make sure you meet fire codes.
2. Pick the correct panel for the application. Some small to medium sized facilities could use a combination panel such as the DMP550 panel that is UL listed for fire, security & Access
3. Decide on the communication method such as 2 analog phone lines using a DACT dialer communicator or a high supervision cellular unit that sends multiple signals each day or a radio.
4. The cost for just monitoring on a fire alarm starts around $26 dollars per month and if you are using a high supervision cellular unit the cost is around $48 per month
5. Some local AHJ Fire Marshals have specific concerns so get to know those so you can design a system that they will approve
6. Talk to the owner about their specific occupancy and if their building is fully sprinkled or not. This will help determine what is needed in their building as far as equipment.
7. Pick a brand of Fire Alarm equipment that is not proprietary. Be careful not to have a specific brand installed that only has one dealer in the entire state. This can put the owner in a bind.
8. Typically a sprinkled building will monitor if the fire flow valves, PIV valves, pressure switches and tampers valves if the water is moving or if it has been turned off.
9. Typically you will have HORN STROBES that will sound and flash to indicate evacuation in sleeping areas often low frequency will be required and depending on ADA other factors are in play.
10. Typically if you have a kitchen with HOODS the fire system will monitor ANSUL Systems so if the fire suppression system activates it will activate the fire alarm system as well.
11. When there are air handlers/roof top units RTU over 2000 cfm they will require duct detectors and those will need to be monitored by the fire alarm panel.
12. Often the AHJ Fire Marshal will require remote test switches if the duct detectors are not easily accessible.
13. Understand that many Fire Marshals use 3rd Party review companies to review the plans so if you need the system installed by a certain date get everything done quickly.
14. Some jurisdictions are further out on review times than others Salt Lake has been 4-6 weeks out for their review before so get your paperwork and plans done early enough for your calendar.
15. Decide if you want your contractor to include the permit fees for the plans in their price or if you as the owner want to pay those fees directly.
16. Getting the CAD drawings done can be very expensive so if you have a PE that will do it great but the drawings will still need to be approved by the Fire Marshal and often a 3rd party.
17. Plan ahead for the fire panel to have a dedicated 20amp high voltage circuit and arrange an electrical contractor to take care of that and the circuit needs to be marked in red in the panel.
18. Plans to have signs made up to indicate the room where the fire alarm panel is installed (FIRE ALARM CONTROL PANEL) You can do this when you do your exit signs.
19. You can also consider other detection that can be added to the fire panel such as water, temperature for specific areas.
20. When you pick your devices such as smoke detectors, heat detectors, smoke beam detectors, flame detectors go over all the different aspects with your contractor.
21. Normally it is best to have Photoelectric smoke detectors installed in our altitude rather than ION since they will false alarm less. Little things can make a big difference.
22. Spacing of detection will need to meet code and can vary depending on the height of the ceiling and the occupancy of the building as far as placement.
23. Example: Normally smokes are every 30 feet in hallways and horn/strobes are 15 feet from the end of the hall and every 50 or 100 feet depending on the code and occupancy.
24. In certain medical occupancies you will have more smoke detectors installed even if it is a fully sprinkled building which often can eliminate the need for smokes other than the one required by code and the ones associated with elevator recall.
25. Emergency communicators in area of refuge may also be required
26. Fireman Phones at times are required
27. Smoke Control is a whole different animal for very large buildings and experts will need to be brought in.
28. Voice Evacuation or Mass notification systems are required in some occupancies and this also requires experts to do it right.
29. Planning the mA draw on the notification appliances and having enough power supplies is very important and a smoke detector is required at each power supply.
30. Each elevator will require 4 programmable relays.
31. Special FPL (One story buildings) FPLR (More than one story buildings) or FPLP fire rated red cable will be required on every fire alarm project. The FPLP cable also meets the requirement of riser cable but is required where there are plenum ceilings.
32. I am a NICET level 2 in Fire Alarm and Peak Alarm has several NICET techs on staff including level 3 and 4 techs.
33. This is not a complete list although it is prudent to go over these items with the building owner or contractors before work is begun to avoid change orders.

Design a Security Intrusion System

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Step by Step Process to design a security intrusion system by Larry Love with Peak Alarm Larry@peakalarm.com www.peakalarm.com (801)428 1384

1. Pick a control panel that will meet the needs of the project. It should be expandable.
2. Decide how many arm/disarm stations they will need and the locations.
3. Pick the communication method such as Internet, Phone, Cellular or Radio with the understanding that some methods are more reliable than others.

4. Add the needed devices to the system such as motion detectors, glass break detection, door contact status switches on man or overhead doors and roof hatches etc…
You can install beam detectors along one side of a warehouse to cover all the overheads rather than contacting each overhead and there are pros and cons so discuss with the customer.
There are new tri-tech detectors which cost a bit more but are less apt to false alarm and placing trap motions a specific points in the facility can also be beneficial.

5. Discuss whether or not to include a siren or lights for when the system goes into alarm.
6. Think through the possibility of a burglar getting past the first level of security if they cut through the glass on a glass door and bypass the door status switch.
7. Design the system to meet the budget needs and other needs of the customer.
8. Discuss the features of the new systems explaining the benefits of arming and disarming different areas separately. Example: Warehouse employees cannot disarm the office etc…
9. Discuss the possibility of adding humidity, water, temperature and other types of sensors to the system to alert the owner of issues with their server rooms or other areas.
10. Go over the different programming features such as programming specific doors to be alarmed 24 hours if people should not be going in or out those doors. (Emergency Exits)
11. Explain the benefits of adding cameras with recorders to the system for video and using the video as positive training aids for accidents and as a deterrent.
12. Telling an employee you appreciate that they cleaned up a certain area without being told and telling them I saw what you did on the camera system helps get the word out your watching.
13. Is a lift needed because of the height of the building and who will rent the lift the owner or the security contractor.
14. Is there any high voltage that needs to be done and who will hire the electrical contractor to put specific items such as outlets in that may be needed?
15. When you get to a certain number of powered devices you may need an additional power supply so plan ahead by doing the current draw.
16. In large buildings the type and size of the cable will be important for voltage line drop and if the ceiling is a plenum rated ceiling or not is also important.

Meet with the owner to discuss their special needs including size of the project and special requirement due to height of building, if trenching is needed, conduit or special cable.

This list is not meant to be all inclusive although it will give you a good list of items to discuss as a customer or security professional.

If you have any suggestions, corrections please contact Larry Love at Peak Alarm

Security companies in Utah are not equal

Not all companies are alike

You’ve heard that we should compare apples to apples rather than apples and oranges.

Company One – UL listed monitoring station – backup generators – extra personnel on duty – secure facility – backup equipment in case of failure
Company two operating with one piece of equipment and no backup and one person in the facility. They they have a heart attack signals are not sent on to authorities.

Company one – NO COMPLAINTS WITH THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU
Many other companies – OVER 1000 COMPLAINTS two of our competitors have over 3000 complaints (ASK WHY) – Sure you will find complaints on the internet for any company although looking at the BBB.org is important because they investigate both sides of the issues so a customer that knows they did not pay their bill and should have normally won’t file a complaint but will complain online.

Company one – Advertises with actual commercials and word of mouth advertising.
Many other companies pay to be on a top ten alarm company list so when the internet pulls up results also check the Better Business Bureau not just a top internet list that is paid for.

Company one in business since 1969 not using gimmicks of offering free equipment
Many other companies giving free equipment out like candy – Often they go out of business in a few years.

Company one puts together custom systems to meet your needs
Other companies don’t address individual needs as well because they are cookie cutter companies

Company one has actual people that you can talk with and personal service
Many other companies are very difficult to talk to after you have purchased the system and need anything else.

Peak AlarmLarry Love (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com –
4 Offices (2 in Idaho and 2 in Utah)
Local Company that employees 300 local individuals
UL liSted Central Station with backup equipment and generators
In Business Since 1969
Family Owned
Many employees have been with the company for over 20 years
Full Service Alarm Company
Certified for UL2050 High Security as well as Bank Safe and Vault Installations
Full Service AV Company
Full Service Guard and Patrol Company
Full Service Central Station
LICENSED BY THE STATE OF UTAH
EVERY EMPLOYEE PASSES FBI BACKGROUND CHECKS OR THEY DON’T WORK FOR PEAK
Drug Testing Programs in place
Full Service Commercial and Residential installations
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Observations of an LDS Branch President

It helps to have honest professional people helping you with any project.

Just about five years ago I was called as an LDS Branch President to serve in a Hispanic Branch. I enjoy being in charge, having keys to the buildings, making the final decisions and being a leader has it’s perks in some sense of the word although I had no idea what I was in for five years ago. I love the people and appreciate them. They are part of my family and you build a very close connection to people when you work with them constantly and for such a long period of time. Working with those with mental illness has been a challenge, trying to help people that are not willing to do their part is difficult. Telling some people that you cannot help with certain things is extremely difficult. In certain circumstance telling people you can help is very rewarding.

Having them understand that I am representing the Lord is difficult and at times overwhelming. We set up many different seminars including having a dentist come in 3 different times, medical people to help with health education, we had financial classes several times, several group therapy sessions as well as marriage therapy classes. We had emergency preparedness seminars with city leaders that came in to help. We had the County health department come with like 20 support staff once. We have had seminars on overcoming addiction as well as many other wonderful activities. My office is full of my books and things I am accumulated over the last 5 years. My head is also full of memories, ideas and experiences.

My Wife has been very supportive of my calling, now that it is coming to an end I have plans to join a gym with her and begin to get ready for a 3 day pioneer reenactment trek where we will pull hand carts. I also have plans to get back to reading more. I used to exercise much more than I currently am. I weight 215 lbs when the doctor tells me I should weigh 170 so I have put things on the back burner for this calling because there is just not time to do everything. I currently teach CERT for the City once a week on Thursdays and that adds to the schedule issues. I know it is hard on families to have someone in the family in such a calling. I do want to make it clear that I am gratefull for the experience of serving. Long ago when I was young many Bishops would serve for over 20 years at great sacrifice.

LDS Mormon Branch Presidents perform similar functions as Bishops from a ward but normally for smaller units called branches. We have 354 people in our branch and often we will have an attendance of over 160 and occasionally over 200. Bishops are ordained ministers and are Bishops for life but a Branch President is set apart for a specific time and then released. Bishops also get released and when they are not serving as a Bishop they cannot perform weddings or other duties of a Bishop. Bishops and Branch Presidents are also the President’s of the Priest Quorum in the unit and Presiding High Priest in the unit (Branch or Ward)

Sharing some of my experiences will help me as I reflect on the past 5 years. For some readers that may be very boring although it could enlighten some people that are not familiar with these positions. Many member of the Church have had family members killed or die in accidents or of illness. Many of these deaths occurred outside the country and most of the people could not attend the services because of circumstances including lack of funds or paperwork. I have learned to listen and often I want to solve someones problems but it is much better if I can strive to help them solve their own issues. One sister came in and her son has been killed and dropped off on the curb and there is no way I could begin to understand her pain and suffering. When there is a death in the family the church offers the building free of charge for the funeral services as long as specific guidelines are met. (No alcoholic beverages and specific music etc…)

I intend to share some personal observations although I need to be very careful not to share any of the private information that I have experienced. The calling has been incredible although it does take up a great amount of time. Nearly all day each sunday and often meetings at night as well as 1-2 days during the week after work and Baptisms on other days that also take up time taking leaders away from family and work at times. To say that this calling is not time consuming or stressful would be misleading so there is often a great sacrifice to family, work and friends. We as leaders are urged to put family first although at times that is just not possible. Other meetings are also added such as Stake Bishops trainings other committee meetings. In a hispanic branch and other units there are also many meetings and parties where food is involved, dancing is a big part of the culture and this involves planning, time and cleanup. Visiting the homes of members and non members is also a time commitment.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a lay ministry where local leaders are called to serve for periods of approximately 3-5 years and sometimes longer. These are not paid positions and not really voluntary either in the sense of the word volunteer because people don’t get to decide if or when they want to be a church leader. This is decided by revelation and inspiration. There are factors that help determine who to call that include a worthiness interview, record of paying tithing and offerings, church activity etc…. Bishops and Branch Presidents are not perfect although they should be good examples. They are also required to be married.

The Church is divided into geographical areas and our area of about 10,000 population (This can vary depending on the area) is what is called a Stake which normally has 6 or 7 Wards often with one of those units being a branch or two. Some wards have up to 600 people or more on the books other wards have around 300-400. Most wards have about 30% attendance with specific areas having much higher attendance where the members are more active like Bountiful Utah. Our hispanic unit encompases the entire stake boundry. A Stake Presidency is made up of a Stake President that is the Presiding officer or Priesthood leader in the area, he is the President of the High Priest Quorum in the Stake and he presides over all the Wards and Branches, he has two counselors as well as other support people such as secretaries and 12 high counselors that assist in much of the work.

A Branch President also has 2 counselors and a support team of clerks, secretaries and other branch leaders. The Mormon Church is very organized and normally works in a very organized way in most units. In some remote areas of the world the branches will operate a bit differently although here in the City our branch operates almost exactly like a ward. In the past 5 years I have performed 23 weddings and 6 funerals. I have met each week with members of the branch for the past 260 weeks. In a typical week I will meet with 6-8 people in interviews. My wife and I have only taken one vacation in that time period and that was just the weekend. Branch Presidents, Bishops and Stake Presidents are common judges in Israel meaning they handle any issues having to do with worthiness and church discipline. There is a process depending on the issues that also includes the high counselors in very serious cases. The Bishops, Branch Presidents and Stake President also help with spiritual counseling.

I understand and acknowledge that I am not qualified to be a therapist so I have taken advantage of the Church resources to help many of my people with professional state licensed therapists during the last 5 years. The cost of this therapy is similar to any therapist you would go to so at times Bishops and Branch Presidents will ask people to preform volunteer work so they feel like they have some skin in the game. I have been very appreciative for this resource since many people that have been abused or that are going through very difficult issues have been helped tremendously with this therapy. I have seen people improve and continue with their lives because the therapy helped.

Bishops and Branch Presidents assist with the administrative decisions and also have to sign off on every financial expense. There are 2 financial audits every year that take about 1-2 hours to make sure that the books are being done properly and to assure that any assistance that was given to the Bishop’s or Branch Presidents family was approved in writing by the Stake President beforehand. Two audits ago the auditor had me pull every check that had been made out to me or my wife to make sure each expense was justified and was done properly. I mentioned that this is a non paid position so an example of a check that would be made out to me be something like me buying a bus pass for someone with my own money or card and then putting the receipt in the file an d then the Church would make a check out for me. In the Branch there are only 4 people that can sign checks and if the check is made out to me I cannot sign it. Each check has to have two signatures.

In emergencies I have paid for hotel rooms and other expenses with my own credit card and on a normal basis if I pay for a youth activity I turn in the receipts and document what it was etc…IN one emergency I paid the hotel bill for a week for a family that had their home burn down. Their daughter had burns over 30 percent of her body and was in the primary children’s hospital and the family needed assistance with several things at once. The red cross was able to help some and some other people also go involved.

The Church also has the ability to help people with food,clothing, furniture and other items in time of need. The goal is to help lift the people so they can pay their own expenses so service missionaries help train people in budgeting and analyze their situation to help them get back on track and be self sufficient. Normally the church does not pay rent for people each month or their bills. An example of when this might happen would be a situation that recently happened in my branch where a sister got cancer and we helped with some of her expenses during her treatment. The church doe not normally pay large medical bills either but helping with food and clothing can help families so they are not as stressed. I have assisted many people that are non members of the church as well. We have to be very careful because there are those that would seek to take advantage of the church and this has happened so Bishops and Branch Presidents strive to use the money of the Lord prudently.

Another resource that the Church has is the DI program which works closely with the employment office of the church to help people get trained or get a job or a better job. In my situation we have used this extensively where we could. DI can also help people with English classes to help immigrants learn the basics and get a job. The concern here is that the DI program requires people to be in the country legally to take part in this program. Many of the people I deal with are not here legally although that is not may job to even ask so we make that program available and explain the limitations. I have thoughts on immigration although that would be a whole other blog.

I mentioned that the Wards and Branches are organized and they function as a team.

Bishopric or Branch Presidency – Bishop/ Branch President and Two Counselors with a clerk and an executive secretary
High Priest Group (Leader and 2 assistants – These are Stake Callings)
Elders Quorum Presidency also President, 2 counselors and a secretary (They will call instructors as well to help them teach)
Priest Quorum Presidency – Bishop or Branch President is the President with 2 boys 16-17 being assistants
Teachers Quorum Presidency – Four young men are called to serve between the ages of 14-15
Deacons Quorum Presidency – Four young men from 12-13 are called to serve
Relief Society Presidency (Oldest and largest women’s group in the world) They also call 2 counselors and secretary. The RS President works constantly with the Bishop or BP
Primary Presidency – Four Women are called and the Bishop or Branch President works very closely with the Primary President.
Sunday School Presidency – There are about 10 instructors under them
Young Men Presidency – They lead the Young Men groups and help them with the Duty To God program to progress and prepare to service a mission and go through the temple
Young Women Presidency – The girls area also divided into 3 age groups 12-13 – 14-15, 16-17 and at the age of 18 they go into the relief society – Same as YM goals different program
Other callings such as library, family history, single young adult callings for men and women etc…

The new material is helping us allow the young men and young women to help teach the classes and learn how to be leaders.

Note: When a President is called by the Bishopric or Branch Presidency the President or leader of that organization will pray and decide on the counselors and secretary and other callings. The Elders Quorum President and the High Priest Group leaders are stake callings since they deal with the higher priesthood.

So I have mentioned the organization and that the calling requires quite a bit of time. Without may counselors I don’t know what I would do because they help out so much. The entire team works together to help the people come unto Christ.

Serving the hispanic community for the past 5 years in a Hispanic Branch of the LDS Church has been a great opportunity, Blessing and an enriching experience.

I don’t claim to be a writer and I have not spend time editing this so please forgive any of the spelling and grammar errors. This is a tiny glimpse of the calling and not really even an overview