1. Often a new home will come with 120 Volt Smoke alarms with 9V battery backup and normally these are installed in the bedrooms and just outside each bedroom. These smoke alarms do not report to a central station and do not dispatch the fire department when activated.
2. New smoke alarms that have a battery life of 10 years can be purchased and these smoke alarms are made just to wake you up. These do not report to a central station. These smoke alarms normally do not interconnect and allow other smoke alarms to sound simultaneously.
3. Securitysystem wireless or hardwired smoke detectors that tie to your alarm panel often are installed in addition to the ones listed above since they report to a central station and the fire department can be dispatched. When you have system detectors they can wake you up and they also report to the central station even when your not home so the fire department can be dispatched in the event of a fire.
4. For new construction it is recommended to install system smoke detectors in the bedrooms and outside the bedrooms to meet fire code so you can avoid having 2 or 3 different types of smoke alarms or detectors. With system detectors you only change out the large battery or batteries at the panel location not at each smoke detector for hardwired detectors.
5. Quite often your insurance company will request that system detectors be installed and if your home has fire sprinklers, insurance will also want the flow switch monitored. Quite often we can do this with a wireless system.
6. When dealing with existing homes often we will install a DMP wireless option with UL listed wireless smoke detectors. This allows us to give you the protection without the high cost of drilling or installing wiremold in an existing home. DMP high power wireless receivers are also listed for commercial fire alarm and you can install wireless pull stations, smoke detectors and other devices after a building is built.
7. Main panel batteries for system smoke detectors are normally changed every 3 to 5 years and with the wireless system smoke detectors often they will last 5-10 years depending on the batteries and model number. For the 120V smokes with 9V backup it is recommended to change the batteries every 6 months.
8. In our high altitude here in Utah it is best to use photoelectric detectors rather than ION since they work better in this environment.
Larry has over 20 years in the Fire Alarm industry, he has served on a State Fire Marshal committee, is NICET II Fire Alarm certified and is a Master Fire Alarm Tech with the State Fire Marshal’s office. Larry welcomes suggestions and corrections. This article is meant as a short informative article and not all inclusive when concerning smoke alarms and smoke detectors.
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 alarmcompany 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 Alarm – Larry 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
Many employees have been with the company for over 20 years
Full Service AlarmCompany
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 www.Peakalarm.com
We can lower your installation cost when you sign a 3 year agreement because we can subsidize some of the cost over time. We can do contracts that are less time but we would not be able to lower the install as much. We can even do month to month agreements but the upfront cost would be more.
Any time you have a licensed, insurred and certified company you will end up paying a bit more for their services although this is worth it.
Labor rates at Peak are $100 per hour for residential and $145 per hour for commerical. When I am in a bidding situation I can lower the hourly labor rate a bit when we run it through my department.
Check the Better Business Bureau on all of your alarm companies. Peak has a very good track record at the BBB. In the last 3 years we only have one complaint that is shown on our record. Many of our competitors have a great deal more complaints.
If you are concerned about hackers disarming your system from out front of your home have Peak install a Qolsys system or a DMP system both of which are encrypted
When looking for an alarmcompany keep in mind that large national companies sometimes are not as flexible as a local company. Look for a company that has been in business and has been consistant and it is also prudent to check the BBB web site for complaints. Some of the alarm companies in Utah have over 1000 complaints that have been filed.
Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com for pricing
Peak Alarm is an experienced Alarm dealer in business since 1969 with a UL listed Central Station and Peak is the only alarmcompany with a full service guard and patrol company. Peak has 4 offices in Utah and Idaho.
Peak Alarm has been in business since 1969 and has only had one complaint filed with the www.bbb.org Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years.
Peak Alarm is the only UL listed Central Station that holds 5 UL Certificates.
Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 or email him at Larry@peakalarm.com for pricing and more information about Peak Alarm.
Many of the TOP TEN, TOP FIVE or BEST ALARMCOMPANY lists on the INTERNET are paid services so be sure to look each company up on the BBB web site before you make your decision.
Understand that Peak Alarm does not do Free equipment so if you are paying $149 for the basic PeakLink system with a monthly of $44 per month over 36 months you are paying $149 + $1,584 or $1,733 total but the equipment is not free, nothing ever is.
Other companies will charge you $56 per month or more for 60 months yet they give you FREE equipment but beware because if you do the math you end up paying $3,360 which is almost double so you are paying over $1,600 in order to save a few hundred dollars.
Understanding Fire Alarm Systems may not be on your priority list so let us take care of those details:
1. Fire Alarm Panel – Zoned, Addressable or Analog with Power Supply panels to power other devices
2. Annunciators (This keypad will show all troubles, alarms and supervisory notifications)
3. Smoke Detectors, CO detectors, flame detectors, heat detectors and multisensors.
4. Duct Smoke Detectors (Shuts down air handlers so smoke will not spread) Remote Test switches for Duct Detectors
5. Horn/Strobes, Strobes, Horns, Speakers, Speaker/Strobes for mass notification. Also new Low Frequency Horns to meet current code.
6. Damper connections to shut or open dampers so prevent the spreading of smoke
7. Magnetic Door Holders (The fire panel will drop these door holders also to prevent the spread of fire and smoke)
8. Elevator Recall will send the elevator to a specific floor when there is smoke on other floors.
9. Tie to the Access Control systems to release the doors when there is a fire alarm.
10. Tie to the flow switches on the Fire Sprinkler system to set off the alarm and dispatch the fire department when water is flowing. PIV Post Indicator valves can also be tied to the fire alarm. Wet and Dry systems can be tied in using monitor modules. Pressure switches can also be monitored.
11. Tie to the Tamper switches on the Fire Sprinkler System to alert the owner that the water has been turned off.
12. Test functions to allow you to practice fire drills
13. The Fire Alarm Systems in Utah are required to be tested and green tagged by a certified individual once a year. This is a different tag than the sprinkler tag.
14. Batteries should be changed every 3 to 5 years.
15. Monitoring normally costs around $30 dollars a month for a fire alarmsystem.
16. If you want to get rid of your analog phone lines for monitoring the fire alarm can be monitored using a high supervision cellular unit for $22 dollars extra per month. This system sends signals every 6 minutes.
17. When you want to use a radio instead of the high supervision cellular the additional cost is only $15 extra on your monitoring for radio monitoring.
18. This is not a complete list of what is tied to the fire alarm although it will give you more information so you have a good idea that a fire alarmsystem can help keep you safe.
19. Smoke detectors activate much sooner than the sprinkler systems so because the sprinklers normally activate when the temperatures reach around 165 degrees on the ceiling. The ideal is to have both systems because once a sprinkler system is activated the water is going to ruin most everything inside because it is meant to protect the structure.
For more information or a quote call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com
Cerberus Pyrotronics, Siemens,(Alarm Control, GSL Electric and Siemens are dealers for Cerberus)
DMP – There are 4 DMP dealers in Utah and DMP also has high security panels with encryption. Peak Alarm is a dealer. DMP is UL listed for Fire Alarm although it will not do class A wiring on the SLC loop. DMP also can do UL listed combined fire and security systems which are best used on smaller buildings since larger systems would be best served using one of the other brands on this page that are dedicated to fire alarms. https://dmp.com/
Fenwall, (Alarm Control) http://alarmcontrol.com/main/
Fireworx, Edwards, (If you have information on who the dealers are for this and other brands please let me know)
Firelite by HONEYWELL, (Peak Alarm installs Firelite and so do several Fire Alarm companies in Utah this is a non proprietary system )
Faraday, ( I do not have any current information on a Faraday dealer in Utah so please contact Larry Love with new dealer information 801 898 6003 )
Farenhyt by HONEYWELL, (Alphacorp is a Farenhyt distributor here in Utah ask for Kent) http://www.alphacorpsecurity.com/
FCI by HONEYWELL, (This brand is installed by Nelson Fire, Inc. 801 468 8300 ) See link to their website below under Gamewell.
AAA Fire, Certified FIre, Delta Fire, Nelson Fire and Firetroll area also FCI/Gamewell dealers
GE Vigilant, (Best) UTC – Alpha Corp, Inc. Delta Fire Systems, Inc. https://www.deltafiresystems.com/ Fire Suppression Services, Inc Interwest, Mountain West Security, Professional Systems Technology, Inc. and Why’rd are all Vigilant Dealers. This GE project is Edwards United Technologies.
Gamewell by HONEYWELL,(Installed by Nelson Fire 801 468 8300, Inc. and Firetrol also says they install Gamewell systems) www.nelsonfireutah.com See FCI
Harrington – JBP Enterprises out of AZ, Automated Fire and Security (Certified) , Wasatch Controls, and Statefire. United Fire also can get it from out of State. On 9/13/18 Harrington got back with me and Protek Fire & Security is a dealer here in Utah. Call Steve Darling at (801) 870 6276 http://www.protekfs.com/
Hochiki, (Peak Alarm is one of the four Hochiki dealers in Salt Lake City) You can call Hochiki direct for the full list of dealers. There is a dealer in Bountiful, one in West Jordan and Two in Salt Lake City.
Honeywell = Notifier, Silent Knight, Firelite, FCI Gamewell, Onyx, Farenhyt (Firelite and Silent Knight are non proprietary and the others have specific dealers listed on this page)
Keltron ( No known dealers in Utah)
Mircom, (Installed by Peak Alarm 801 428 1384 www.peakalarm.com, PCS Power Control Systems 801 560 6423 and Booth Fire Protection and Fire Engineering are also Mircom dealers. )
Mirtone – Installed by BEST 801 352 0743 and Peak Alarm 801 428 1384
Notifier by HONEYWELL,(This brand is installed by FPS Fire Protection Services otherwise known as Mountain Alarm ) www.mountainalarm.com
Potter – Potter has some great new panels out including a panel that will provide you with several zones of fire combined with an AES radio all in one. They also have some new power supplies NACs that will recognize different resister values on different circuits for takeovers. Peak Alarm can install Potter and there are several other dealers as well.
Onyx – (I do not have current information on any Onyx dealers in Utah so please call Larry when you have updates)
Secutron, (No known dealers in Utah) Not to be confused with Securitron (Locks)
Vigilant (was GE now UTC), (Best or Best Access) Alpha Corp, Inc. Delta Fire Systems, Inc. Fire Supression Services, Inc Interwest, Mountain West Security, Professional Systems Technology, Inc. and Why’rd are all Vigilant Dealers. This GE project is Edwards United Technologies.
Zettler Fire Alarm Systems by Johnson Controls (TYCO/SIMPLEX GRINNELL)
This sheet was provided as an information sheet only as a service to the public to provide a fairly complete list of fire alarm companies in Utah. If any of the information needs to be corrected or updated please let Larry@peakalarm.com know and he will get the changes made.
Peak Alarm www.PeakAlarm.com installs Alarm Systems, Fire Alarm Systems, Camera Systems, Access Control Systems, Intercom and other low voltage systems. Peak Alarm is the only company in Utah that has a UL listed Central Station, a full Guard and Patrol Division and a full service alarm business including Fire Alarm Design and Installation. Peak Alarm has been in business since 1969 is a local family owned business. Peak installs both commercial and residential more than half of Peak’s business comes from commercial work. Peak Also installs encrypted security systems such as www.Qolsys.com which now has power g ability (BY DSC) which can extend the range up to 4 times the distance. www.DMP.com and Bosch also have encryption. As about frequency hopping.
ADVICE – Before doing business with any of the above companies please check the Better Business Bureau for ratings and complaints www.bbb.org
Call Larry Love for pricing on the following product 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com