Horario de CERT en espanol 2017 Salt Lake City

CERT – Espanol – Horiario de 2017 / CERT 2017 Spanish Schedule
Ensenado bajo la autoridad de Salt Lake Emergency Management.
Clases en Espanol para recibir certificación de trabajar en equipos y responder en caso de desastres y mas.

Podemos ayudar en desastres si estamos entrenados

37 graduados SLC

equipos pueden ayudar antes, durante y después de un desastre

6PM a 9PM – 475 S, 300 E, SLC 84114 Edificio de Emergencias
Siete clases cada sesión una clase cada Jueves – Escoja una de las siguientes sesiones. Podemos cambiar donde tenemos las clases entonces debes ver el sitio de web para verificar cada sesion.

5 Sesiones para 2017

26 de Enero a 9 de Marzo
23 de Marzo a 4 de Mayo –
18 Mayo a 29 de Junio –
13 Julio a 24 de Agosto –
14 Septiembre a 26 de Octubre –

Tenemos que tener por lo menos 15 personas o la clase puede ser cancelado.


Van a recibir una identificación de CERT con su foto y un certificado que puede ser util para mostrar que estás involucrado en actividades de la comunidad. Tiene que asistir seis de las siete clases para certificación.
Tambien van a recibir un chaleco ce CERT, casco de CERT, gafas, guantes y mucho mas.

Instructores :
Larry Love (801) 898 6003 Larrylovecert@gmail.com
Alex Guzman alex@thehispanicmarketingfactory.com

Costo es $30 cada persona

Edades 16 y mas

Pueden llevar ninos menos de 16 si no van a causar problemas o hacer bulla. Pero estamos pidiendo que sean maduros para poder estar quietos por 3 horas cada clase.

Para registar www.bereadyslc.com
Si tienen correcciones de este informacion o ortografía mandalos a Larrylovecert@gmail.com

After major disasters work your plan

Los niños deben tener sus kits tambien

Los niños deben tener sus kits tambien

When a major disaster occurs there are things that we should have done beforehand to mitigate the problems such as getting CERT trained, having 96 hour kits prepared and ready, having heavy items stored low and light items stored high, having cabinets and other furniture secured to the walls so they won’t fall, having child locks installed on the cabinets so dishes won’t fall on the floor, having your shoes under the bed and ready so glass won’t be in them, having several roller bandages ready to stop the bleeding, getting first AID training for the whole family, having an out of state contact that will expect your call so when your son or daughter who lives 20 miles away calls your out of state contact that person can tell you that they are ok and tell your son that you are ok. (It is harder to call in state than out of state at the time of a disaster)

1. Check yourself and your family for injuries and treat with first aid.

2. Check your home quickly for gas leaks and only shut the gas off if it is leaking. You may need to shut the water or electric service off as well so know where the shut off are. Depending on your home you may have already put on your safety equipment.

2. Put on your safety gear such as goggles, hard hat, good boots, gloves. In other disasters a major problem was volunteers becoming the victims because they did not have the proper safety equipment. Don’t put yourself in danger because if you become hurt you cannot help anyone else. If you cannot handle a situation go get help. Don’t go in alone always use the buddy system.
3. Check on your neighbors and then report to your neighborhood meeting area to report and receive additional assignments. This is where block captains will report for their 10 homes they have checked on and this is where they can ask for additional assistance as needed. If you have not had this set up in your area yet, contact your city and ask about CERT and neighborhood watch and block captains and you can become involved to help with this plan. Many areas already have pre-printed maps so assignments can be given out to check each home. Have fire extinguishers ready to put out small fires.

Salt Lake City CERT website

Fema National Website

call Larry Love x384

37 graduados SLC

37 graduados SLC

Peak Alarm has their own disaster plan that is an integral part of our operation. Peak has data backups out of state and every night data is transferred from one building to another so in case of a major disaster all the account information will not be lost and the central station can continue to operate.

Alarms will go off all over the City and or State with AC failures (power failures), fires, floods and so on.

Understand that in a major disaster emergency authorities are not going to show up to the neighborhoods because police, fire and medical will be responding to large buildings, schools and hospitals first. For the first few days the people will be on their own and that is where CERT comes in. Community Emergency Response Teams (Training)

Many clubs, businesses, service organizations, neighborhood groups and churches also have emergency plans in place. They have sat down beforehand and brainstormed what will be needed to help prepare, mitigate and to help after something has occurred when the city, state and federal authorities have not responded yet. Start your own plan today with your group, business, neighborhood or church. Get CERT trained and do something before anything happens.

SLC also offers CERT training in Spanish. Both the English and the Spanish courses cover the same FEMA material that you will find in any CERT training class. Some of the modules are: Disaster First Aid. (6 hours), Cribbing (learning how to lift heavy objects off of someone that is trapped safely), CERT organization and delegation, Light Search and Rescue and fire suppression, terrorism (CERT does not respond to terrorism although you can be observant and report to the proper authorities), Disaster Psychology and much more.


MANDT Training notes – Larry Love SAT 8/17/13 (8 hour class) Taught by Perry Garzo

Mandt Certificate

Mandt Certificate

People skills, behavior management, Principles, concepts, what is expected, everything is practical, how to apply, in 2 weeks we will discuss how to handle people in a physical way without harming them or yourself. Recertification every year so 11 months from now is best. How to manage people when they get upset. The more upset you get the less intelligent you are. You also can’t see as well when your upset you lose part of your peripheral vision. (lose 30 degrees of vision) Wait your turn to speak and listen. All listening is attending. Model appropriate behavior because all of us are ongoing examples. Do not make fun of co-workers because the clients will model this behavior.

I just typed the notes so understand they are not exactly in order but they were a mess and then I just typed them out.

Perfection is a direction of travel not a state of being

Treat all people with dignity and respect and manage yourself first.

Most of us are co-dependent and will put up with allot so the standard of treating others as we would want to be treated is not a standard to live by.

The golden rule squared or on steroids is to treat others as you would demand your loved ones be treated.

It’s about relationships – Emotional, Mental , Physical and Spiritual
Trust, commitment, loyalty, fun, consistency, stability, well rounded and balanced, communication patience, praise, safe, friendship, respect, dignity, empathy, love, fairness, equity, understanding, justice, open minded, sympathy, affection, sincerity, acceptance, teamwork, honesty, compromise, humor, courage, listen, approval, appreciation.
(Pick some of these you could live without) (NO keep them all )

RADAR – Recognize, Assess,Decide (plan), Act (Implement), Review (followup)

Be aware how to make things better


Guidance, Assistance, Protection and Direction. HAVE A GOAL – Know what our affect is on others.
Recognize and validate Emotions and feelings of others and encourage expression. Teamwork.

10. Special
9. Lift Carry and Lower / LCL
8. Support / Restraint
7. Accompany / Escort
6. Physical Touch
5. Verbal and non verbal
4. Lift carry lower
3. Body Position (to the side is normally best)
2. Physical Presence
1. Philosophy / attitude

Choose the least intrusive action that you can

Know the rules, consistent and genuine
Make a choice, take a chance or never change
WHAT IS MY ROLE: Father, Teacher, Religious Leader,
Emotions verces behavior – Emotions are not problems but behavior can be. Cope with anger
Acceptance approval and appreciation

lower needs must be met first

lower needs must be met first

Maslow’s Theory
Lower level needs have to be met first or the other steps cannot be met. Interestingly enough if you get to the top and some of the lower needs are not met many times you don’t fall like when you are on a lower level.

TOP – Self Actualization (This is when you turn your time to others ) This is not being co-dependent this is very different although service is involved. Buddha and Christ come to mind.
Personal Achievement – Job – School – Sports
Safety and Security
Survival- Food, Water and Shelter (These needs should be met before others can be dealt with)
A child in school who has problems at home may not be able to even think about grades until other needs are met first.

Humor Reduces stress – Humor is a mechanism to deal with stress but proper humor should be used only laugh with someone but we should not laugh at them. Be on the same team. Don’t make fun of others. Your ego can’t take a joke. Don’t make fun of others. Sarcasm should be used very selectively. We are not against them and we are always role modeling.
Be aware of the negative
SAY : I didn’t say I told my friend (Now say this placing emphasis on the first word then try it again placing emphasis on the second word then the third and you can get several different meanings from one sentence. )
7% of communication comes from WORDS – 55% is what we SEE and
38% is from Vocal Quality, Tone, Pitch, Resonance, Breath speed, volume and inflection.
This is why you can get mixed messages when talking on the phone because you can miss what you don’t see.

Stick Rock GUN BOMB
Fight – Flight or Freeze
YOU messages PUT DOWN
I feel _____________________________
When we try to get someone to do something even as simple as brushing their teeth we need to keep a positive dominant thought in our minds. ( I want you to brush so your teeth don’t rot and so you don’t have to go to the dentist for painful visits) This dominant thought is to help them so you are on their side.

Antecedent – Behavior and Consequence

Do not power Struggle


Stimulation/Trigger(Huh) / / Escalation(Fix it) // CRISIS (Freak out) //De Escalation (cool down) //
Remove Trigger – Offer options – During Crisis safety first least amount of interaction
During cool down – structured cooling down

Next: Stabilization (talk) (coming out of bedroom phase) // Post Crisis ( Observation and support) Recharge batteries

Active listening – Eye Contact – Body Orientation (ALWAYS USE THEIR NAME )

What I hear is that you are being strong because….

Personal Space – how close is too close

When your made your personal space bubble is larger and it is egg shaped so in the front it is larger than the side.


If you say DON’T RUN they think of RUN if you say please WALK they think if Walking

MEET THE NEED – What do they want and what do they need? Do they need to feel safe? How can you help meet that need? Do they need
to feel that someone is listening to them? Listen

Safe and Secure — Who , What , When, Back, Where

This is the way I feel because…. Take Responsibility Overwhelmed

Get the emotional need met frist

Feel Felt found

Get to know them and respect them

Neighborhood emergency plan CERT training for disasters

Neighborhood Emergency Plan and family emergency plan

CERT Teams assist people before, during and after a disaster.

CERT Teams assist people before, during and after a disaster.

Feb 2013

Some community councils and neighborhoods have come up with plans for their areas to follow in the event of a major problem. In case of a disaster, CERT members should self activate by taking care of their own family, checking on their neighbors and then reporting to a designated meeting place to receive assignments. CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. To become CERT trained you can take the 21-24 hour CERT course offered by the city for $30 dollars and this will help you become prepared in disaster medical training, lifting heavy objects of someone safely, CERT organization, disaster psychology & fire suppression. Each neighborhood has different needs plan ahead.

By developing a community emergency plan you can help avoid confusion and have a clear plan for neighbors to follow. When people have an idea of what services will be available and where they can go for help this promotes peace of mind. Alternate locations should also be decided beforehand incase the primary location is too damaged to use.

Everyone should learn the basics of first aid because in an emergency such as a major earthquake you cannot depend on having the 911 service work and most of the Police, Firemen and Medical people will be reporting to Hospitals, Schools and Large buildings so the neighborhoods will be on their own. For this reason we suggest that everyone take first aid classes offered by The American Red Cross along with CPR and AED classes. http://www.redcross.org/utah

We also encourage people that are interested to become HAM radio certified which will also be very helpful in a disaster. Many times during disasters cell phones and land lines do not function properly or at all.

Some communities have passed out cards or colored flags which can indicate if you have a problem at your home or business. These flags or cards may or may not be part of each individual neighborhood’s plan. Once you have made sure your family is fine and you have checked your home to make sure there is no danger staying inside you could shelter in place or if the home was too damaged you could set up a tent in a safe area behind or on the side of your home where debris would not fall on the tent when aftershocks occur. Draw a large X on the front door or next to the front door and this will indicate that CERT teams do not need to search your home. You may use paint, marker, duct tape or construction crayons to make the X. CERT Kits will have different equipment than 72 hour kits. (Should be 120 hour kits)

Do not shut off the gas unless there is a leak. It is prudent to turn off the valves going into and out of your water heater to avoid contamination thereby providing you with safe drinking water. Make sure your water heater is secured.
What should community members do that are not CERT trained? When you are safely able to report to your community’s meeting area you can offer your assistance and talents at the volunteer check in area. When you show up to help make sure you wear as much safety equipment as possible such as safety glasses, boots, orange vest if you have one, hard hat, work gloves, flashlight, first aid kit, canteen, and such. Many tools such as gas powered chain saws may also be needed if trees are down etc…( Eagle projects could also be done making back boards or containers of bandages.)

The person in charge can decide where to best put your talents to use such as Transportation of victims, teaming up with trained CERT members to go door to door with light search and rescue checking on people, helping prepare food for workers and victims, setting up a rest area, setting up latrines (bathrooms), setting up medical areas and several others aspects. The Church naturally will take care of specific areas. Primary/Displaced children, Food Prep/ RS etc……
We are at the point where disasters are happening more frequently and the intensity has also increased so it is prudent to seek out training as soon as possible so when something does happen you will be part of the solution and not part of the problem. www.slccert.org

Make a goal to do something each month to help prepare in some way.

Author: Larry Love (801) 898 6003 – To Schedule a local CERT class call Charlie Eckhardt at (801) 641 6785 We will bring the class to you when you have 20 students. 1 time a week for 7 weeks classes start at 6:30PM to 9 or 9:30PM

Larry is a certified English/Spanish CERT trainer for Salt Lake City and has been involved in community efforts to promote readiness in his City and State.

Concealed Weapons permit

Concealed Carry information

Concealed Carry information

At this time people speak for and against these type of permits for obvious reasons. Tragedy brings out many emotions and we need to consider what will protect children and be open to those ideas. We need to sit down and discuss all options. Can we get rid of guns entirely? No that would not be realistic.

If guns are taken away from the law abiding citizens then the only people left with guns would be criminals and police. Obviously they would not comply with any laws that were passed. Those people involved in these terrible tragedies each time have ignored a long list of laws so having more law would not have stopped them although people will argue that since guns are so easy to purchase it would reduce crime and incidents like this if guns were not so easy to buy. Private gun sales are another issue and almost impossible to control. Guns are not controlled like cars although maybe they should be. Even if they were you still have a wide range of guns without serial numbers so when someone has mal-intent they are going to commit the crime no matter what.

Getting your permit is a big responsibility. Think about it very clearly because when you carry a loaded weapon you have the ability to take life and if you pull the weapon you need to be ready to use it. Personally if I were armed and I were in a corner store and someone came into the store to rob it I would let them and I would not draw my weapon. It’s just money and on top of that it is insured. The most they normally get is a few hundred dollars and it is not worth the fight, the court drama nor is it even worth the time you would waste with interviews with the police so just leave it alone. I personally would even give the person the money in my wallet. If you do shoot someone you will need to live with that the rest of your life. You need to think about the person as a person. This man may be someone’s father, brother or son. Sure if he was going to kill you or someone else you can protect yourself or others by using deadly force if that is the last resort. Many people escalate or increase the chances of problems if they verbally get involved and make the person more angry than they already are. The physiology of people that are threatening you sometimes is briefly touched in concealed weapons classes but it is not a topic that is given any type of time so consider all the affects of your actions on your life and the life of the family of the person you shoot. Police officers that are entirely justified in taking life many times still go through great emotional trauma after killing a person. It is nothing like the movies, it changes you and it affect you.

Besides learning the laws of where you can and cannot carry, you need to learn to use the weapon effectively. Now using it effectively under stress is an entirely different issue. Police go through years of training and when they have a confrontation where they draw their weapons they react differently many times missing the subject they are aiming at entirely. Part of this is nerves, part is adrenaline and this is with all the training they have. The concern many people have is if there is someone shooting a weapon do we really need more people out there with more bullets flying around going who knows where? This is a valid concern. On the other hand if you can take the shooter out before he or she kills more people would that be a good or bad thing? Most of the time the conflict is over by the time the police show up hence they make a case for arming the public.

Keep in mind whatever weapon you have not only can cause damage to the armed person that is threatening you but this same gun when aimed at the subject will sent a projectile sometimes through walls or even through a person and into another person. The bullet may end up going across the street and killing a child if you miss the shot. This is a serious consideration that you need to think about. If you are in a busy area with people you need to think about this and even when you are in an area that does not have lots of people it is still a possibility that the bullet may not go where you intend it to go.

Besides learning where you cannot carry your weapon like courts, airports and other specific places but you also need to learn to think ahead and plan for the possibility that you may end up killing someone. If you do there is a strong chance that you can go to jail even if the shooting was justified. Most of the time the police will arrest or detain everyone that was involved in a shooting and sort it out later. If they determine that you did not need to use deadly force you may be put in jail or even prison. Your entire life will change. Would your wife be able to support the family with you in jail? Are you willing to take this risk? When a shooting occurs you should call the police. Be very careful what you say on the 911 call. If the person is still alive you need to request an ambulance. Keep it simple and only give the information that is needed to get help to respond. Do not say “I just shot someone” but rather “Someone has been shot” I am not telling you not to cooperate with police but you need to know that “Anything you say CAN and WILL be used AGAINST you.” So wait and speak with your lawyer before speaking with the police.

It has happened time and time again where facts get mixed up and the wrong person goes to jail or gets blamed. One of my friends was arrested by a policeman and the policeman wrote him up for a DUI and cuffed him when in fact it was a different man that was drunk that had hit him (Car) so when they sorted it all out in court my friend got off and the court paid for the tow truck, his 2 days of lost work and the policemen came to his house to tell him he was sorry. This is the exception but thing like this do happen.

Some people feel that if more people are armed the community will be a safer place because the response time of the police taking so long that they normally respond after the shootings happen. They use incidents like the one in Colorado where a man opened fire on the crowd in a Church and one of the women in the congregation was armed and stopped the rampage in its tracks by killing the armed man. The use statistics that show when a state passes concealed permit legislation crime goes down in those areas and up in areas that don’t have concealed permits. They say that making more laws against guns will not solve the problems because the people involve in these horrible shootings never obey the law anyway so it would not make a difference. Those involved in shootings like these broke long lists of laws that were already on the books. Passing more laws is not the answers. Enforcing current ones is and education. The points about schools having armed guards or even armed teachers have also been brought up and are being discussed.

Others say why would anyone need to buy or have the right to buy armored piercing rounds? This is a very good question. The right to have weapons in our homes has been deemed a personal right and not just for the National Guard or local militias but personally do we need assault weapons? Many of the people that are pro gun rights will say that once we start limiting the rights that it is only a matter of time before we loose the right altogether.

You never know who may be armed.

You never know who may be armed.

So you get the training, you go out and practice shooting, you have the new gun and the holster so when do you carry the weapon? My advice is this: If you go to court because you shot someone and they ask you why you had the gun on that particular day they can trick you into saying something that might get you in trouble. The best answer is this: “I carry my weapon at all times where I can legally carry it.” This way they are not going to trip you up and try to say that you planned to carry the weapon for a specific purpose on a specific day. Now if you decide you are going to have a few beers and go out dancing my advice is to leave the gun at home locked in the safe. I still carry a pager many times I meet police and the fire department on site in the middle of the night. This is one reason I never drink. Another is that I have 5 kids and anyone of them can call me at any time of the night to come and get them and I will be there and I will not be too drunk to drive ever because I have never been drunk. My Dad drank all the time and I said I would never be like that. I saw how it tore the family apart and weakened their marriage. I don’t think that having a few beers is evil, it is just not for me. I don’t even like to take medicine that makes me drowsy for fear I could not be responsible in a time of need.

Get a gun safe and lock your guns up while you are not using them. Children and guns do not mix. I do however advocate responsible education with children. You want them to respect guns instead of having a horrible fear of them. I have taken my kids shooting and we set up a table and we make sure there is back stop of dirt or a berm or in a Shooting facility. Then before we even touch the guns we go over the rules. You don’t have to use the same ones but they are prudent. No more than one shooter at a time, you always aim downrange, never aim and shoot into the air and never, never, never turn around with a gun so the barrel could pass by anyone even if your finger is off the trigger. With the safety on we put the guns on the table and walk step by step what is the proper way to hold the gun. We all wear ear protection. My kids like shooting the 22 pistol and rifles the best. There is no kick, the sound is not loud like larger guns and what I like about those is that the ammo is not expensive. Going over the safety rules for guns is very important. If someone wants to see my weapon I unload it then hand it to them.(Still never aiming at them or others) Good concealed weapon classes go over these items. During the 1980s we had a friend of the family who was a sheriff at the time who shot himself in the foot while cleaning his weapon. Accidents happen therefore always take the rounds out of the weapon before handling it, before cleaning it and before handing it to anyone. Learn how to use the safety. Take a hunters education class in addition to the concealed weapons course. They spend quite a bit of time on safety.Take a first aid course from the American Red Cross and take a CERT class and in both of these classes you will learn valuable information about how to react in emergencies.

You need to be very careful when buying a weapon that you will use for hunting, target shooting and especially one that you will be carrying concealed. There are guns on the street and guns that are available for purchase in gun stores that cost very little. Remember the old saying “You get what you pay for”. Years ago I purchased a couple of these cheap guns and found that one of them almost fell apart in my hand while shooting it. I was very lucky it did not blow up in my face. If you pay $100 for a gun then you better do the research and find out how they can sell these weapons so cheap without cutting corners and then you will see the reality of it. I know of a few specific brands that cost very little and they not only jam more often but they are not safe. Another google search will allow you to find out quickly which brands these are but I would suggest that if you are serious about getting a concealed weapons permit that you purchase a decent reliable weapon. I will give you an example: A Ruger revolver is very reliable, revolvers do not jam. It only has 6 rounds and a decent weapon like this will cost you around $300 used. A Semi Automatic 45 will also cost you $300+ and a really good one will be around $1,200 going with a good midrange one at around $600 will get you a decent gun. Pick up some gun magazines and go to gun stores and talk to people there. Guns are tools and can be used for good or bad. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Another word of advice is to get to know the weapon you will carry very well. If you buy a short concealed carry 45 many times it is much harder to hit a target with such a weapon than it is to hit a target with a full size 45 (1911 model) I learned how to shoot in the Army Military police so I got very used to the old 1911 type weapons. Don’t just get the new gun and expect it will work when you need it. Also learn how to clean it and take care of it because a weapons that is not maintained will not only jam but will not be reliable when needed.

During the war in the Philippines solders were getting attacked by natives that were high a natural drug that they used and when they attacked and the solders shot them with a 38 caliber the round would go into them or through them and they would keep coming, often they would die later but not before having killed one or more solders. The change was made to the COLT 1911 45 caliber semi automatic weapon which has larger round but the velosity was a bit slower so it had knock down power. Many say that if you shoot someone with a 32 or a 9mm or a 38 they have a chance of going to the emergency room but if you shoot them with a 45 caliber then they normally go to the morgue. This knock down power allowed the solders to stop the attackers in their tracks because it would knock them back. Later these weapons made their way into civilian sales and now we have more guns than anywhere in the world. My boss says if it were possible he would click his fingers and make hand guns disappear and the world would be a safer place and this is true but realistically that is impossible. People now are even making their own guns and in some areas people will use a tube or pipe with a nail and an old fashioned setup to shoot one round at a time and the concern is these are not safe at all for the person shooting it or for those around him or her.

Many of us remember the old Death Wish movies and we understand the anger and the mentality that Paul felt. I have had 2 cousins murdered, one shot and my Aunt’s grandson was also shot and killed. So violence comes close to home in our family. We wish someone had been there to protect my cousin even if it would have been a concealed weapons permit holder and yet vigilante killings are not the answer to the violence. Many of the problems with mental illness are not made better with poor home situations and violent video games. My wife and I allowed video games although we set rules about the killing games and I would much rather prefer them to be jumping, hopping and trying to get points with cartoon games that for them to be playing killing games that can harm the mind and soul. So our home environment, what we learn in school, what we learn at church all affect us in good and bad ways. Spend time with your children and don’t just ignore them. Sure we need to keep track of people that are not mentally stable and we should not issue them concealed weapons permits but in the majority of the cases we are not dealing with people that ever even applied for concealed weapons permits. The people that break the law with such a high disregard for the law normally don’t ever try to get permission to carry a weapon legally.

Getting your permit is only one of the steps

Getting your permit is only one of the steps

Alarm information from your monitoring station


Recently a store director who works at a grocery store called me up and asked me what a PIV tamper was because their store had received a call from the central station telling them that their PIV was in trouble and they asked the central station at that time what is a PIV and the dispatcher did not know. So in this blog I thought I would explain a few of the items that are tied to a fire alarm system that you may not be aware of and I will try to keep it simple and gear it more toward the grocery manager who really does not need an in depth lesson on Fire Alarm but may want to have a basic understanding of some of these items.

PIV Valve – Post Indicator Valve – This valve can turn off the water to the building and if someone does that then an electronic signal is sent to the central station saying “Hey your water just got shut off” so if there is a fire you need to know the sprinkler system will not work.

Post Indicator Valve

This valve can shut the water off to a building from the outside. (Normally)

TAMPER SWITCH – This is the electronic portion that is tied to a valve or wheel that shuts off the water to a sprinkler system. Not all of them look the same but this is a good example. This is also serious if your valve is shut off that means the sprinkling system that puts fires out will not function. A trouble on your fire alarm system should be taken seriously.

Detects when the water is shut off to the sprinking system

FLOW SWITCH – This switch detects when WATER is flowing through the sprinkler lines. This normally means there is a fire and the sprinklers have been activated and it also means you have a big mess. If the switch is faulty then it can activate as well. You will see from this cross cut photo that there is a paddle that moves in the direction of the water. This is why it is so important to have your sprinkling system and your fire system Green tagged every year to make sure all of these are functioning as they should. If this goes into Alarm the Fire Department is dispatched.

Cross cut view of a flow switch

This switch detects when water is flowing through the pipes. The Fire Department will be dispatched when a flow is activated.

When water flows through the pipes this switch sends a signal to the fire panel

DUCT DETECTOR – When the air handler units used for moving air through a building are over 2000cfm then they are required to have DUCT DETECTORS installed and these are smoke detector meant to tie to the system and shut down the air handler for several reasons. One is so the unit will not spread smoke where it should not and if a belt began to burn or a motor began to burn up the the duct detector normally is wired to shut down the air handling unit. Sometimes the duct detector just shuts down that one unit and other times the requirements make it so it will shut down all the other units. When the ducts get dirty then these smoke detectors will go into trouble and the housing, smoke, tubes and ducts should be cleaned at that time. If you just clean the smoke and then turn the unit back on then if the ducts are dirty they just fill the smoke detector back up with dust and the unit could go into trouble again.

Duct detectors normally shut the air handlers down when there is a problem

Many times duct detectors are tied into the fire alarm and the system will alert you when they need to be cleaned. If you ignore that alert on a trouble then the next signal may be an alarm.

We won’t go over the obvious items such as smoke detectors, Emergency pull stations and temp sensors in this message although we can go over some of those other things in a future blog.

We understand that managers of buildings are busy and many times don’t really want to understand the system but just want the problems taken care of. A bit of forethought can help avoid more costly repairs so learning the basics can help you in the long run. Please let me know when you have questions or if I did not clarify any of these items enough. It is always best to use professionals to service, clean and repair Fire Alarms and Sprinkler systems. Contact Larry Love at 801 428 1384 Larry@PeakAlarm.com company web site is www.PeakAlarm.com

Hit in the head while cycling

Tory Sheyn

Getting things thrown at you while cycling is not fun.


My son was cycling at over 30mph and all of a sudden something heavy hit him in the head and almost knocked him off his bike. He found out it was a water bottle thrown from a car that could have caused his death. My son rides sometimes over 60 mph coming down hills. Apparently it was some young kids thinking they were funny that threw the bottle at him as they drove by since he caught up with the car when traffic slowed. (This is when I wished I could carry a paint ball gun with me and fire off a few green permanent paint balls at the car ) That being said the driver was upset with the person that threw the bottle, we were just lucky Sheyn stayed the course.

Why I deleted comments on all my posts


Why I deleted comments on my blog

Comments were deleted because they were not actual comments

I deleted all the comments off my blog, threads and posts because they were not related to any of the topics. Comments were made on immigration were about weight loss, male enhancement and such. Comments on my music blog had nothing to do with music, answering the post or anything remotely close to it.

Comments that are general in nature like “I really like what you wrote” will be deleted since they don’t apply to any specific topic but were used just to get pings and trackbacks posted.

If you want to post a comment and have it approved then it should have something to do with the blog, thread, post or the site and it should make sense and I will not approve any post that promotes anything sexual unless it is a post to help stop circumcision of women or some valid movement. I will not approve any comments that are only trying to promote that persons website unless it relates so the topic. I will however approve comments that relate to the topic and are deemed relevant to me but if it appears to be spam it will be marked as such and deleted.

I delete over 15,000 comments and if your comment got deleted and was a valid comment then I apologize and ask that you resubmit again with appropriate comments that are on topic. Comments that just praise my writing style or knock my abilities will also be deleted since they do not apply to the topic.

Intermountain Safety Training and Consulting

I just completed a very informative and professional class given by Intermountain Safety Training and Consulting. The class focused on safety in the Steel Erection Industry as well as a complete section on Fall Protection.

These safety courses are required by many companies and Intermountain Safety Training and Consulting offers the classes in English as well as in Spanish. If only a portion of the class needs the class in Spanish they can arrange a Spanish Interpreter to be on site as they did for the class I was in attendance at.