CO and CO2 detectors are not the same

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CO detectors (Carbon Monoxide) and CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) are completely different. You can buy inexpensive $45 dollar CO detectors at a hardware store but they do not tie into a system they just sound locally. A system detector will cost around $100-$150 and a carbon Dioxide CO2 detector/sensor can run over $500-$700 each.

A Methane & Propaine detector can run over $120-$180

A Nitrogen Dioxide detector can run over $700-$800

A Combustable gas detector can run over $500-$700

A Hydragen Gas Detector can run $400-$600

An Ammonia NH3 Detector can run over $700

An NO2 Nitrogen Dioxide detector can run over $700-$800

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Worry less live more

1. Water leak in your home destroys carpet in basement and sheetrock – Prevention or mitigation step = Add water sensors to your security system

2. Home drops below 40 degrees at grandmas house when she is asleep – Add a low/high sensor to alert you when it is too hot or too cold.

3. Kids keep changing the thermostat and your bill is too high. – Add thermostat control to your security system you control on your phone.

4. You worry about your dogs or kids when you are not home. – Add cameras in family areas or outside to check in on things with your phone.

5. You kids loose house keys or you need to let others in but you don’t want to give out more keys.

Answer to #5 – Install electronic locks that you control with your phone from anywhere. You kids can get in using a code and the codes can be updated and changed very easily.

6. Who is coming to your door when you are not home? Tell your kids not to answer the door. – WIth SKYBELL you answer your door with your phone

7. Did I close the garage door or not? – Add a garage door sensor and an automatic closer you can control with your phone

8. Similar to 2 your home freezes when you are not there and the pipes freeze which will turn into a flood when they break and thaw

Answer to #8 Add a temperature sensor so you will be alerted to get someone over to get the heater back on before anything freezes

9. What if there is a fire when we are on vacation or what if there is a fire and we are overcome by CO or smoke and don’t wake up? This is a legitimate worry because many people don’t wake up if the smoke or CO is overwhelming. When dispatched the Fire Department will get in and save your family within minutes. The small monthly monitoring cost is worth every penny.

Answer to #9 -Install smoke detectors and CO sensors that are tied to the monitored security system so help will be dispatched

10. What if you need to let the UPS guy into the garage? Talk to him with SKYBELL, disarm your system, open the garage door, he put the package in and you view him, shut the garage door and rearm the system all the time while you are on vacation using your cell phone.

11. Burglars see your lights turn on and off at certain times. —–
Have your lights turn on and off at random times with the Z-wave options on your security system

Have a z-wave plug in module turn radio on and off at certain times or any other electronic device. Call Larry Love for pricing and options.

WORRY LESS AND LIVE MORE. With any of the above options you won’t have to worry about those things. I have AAA so I don’t worry about running out of gas, locking my keys in the car or having a dead battery because it is covered and someone will come and help. With any of the above options installed on your security system you will have less to worry about and more time to live your life. Stephen King wrote in one of his books “Perfect Paranoia is perfect awareness.” With proper prevention steps you won’t worry about something that you should not be worrying about.

We also have WATER COP which can SHUT THE WATER PIPES OFF. (This will also require that we work in conjunction with a plumber)

Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 for more information about how to add to or upgrade your security system so you can worry less and live more.

Simplex Fire Alarm in Utah

Simplex is Tyco Simplex Grinnell

Simplex is Tyco Simplex Grinnell

Simplex Fire Alarm systems are installed and serviced in Utah by Tyco Simplex Grinnell located at 2702 S 1030 W #60, SLC, UT 84119

My name is Larry Love and I have been in the Fire Alarm industry for over 20 years. Often I get asked to fix or provide parts for a Simplex Fire Alarm System. I in turn refer the person back to the above company since Tyco Simplex Grinnell sales, services and installs these systems. Simplex Fire Alarm Systems are high quality and can be installed in any size project. Simplex offers a wide range of products and is a National Company.

We could purchase the Simplex parts and pay Simplex to come in and assist us but I would rather be honest with my customers and have them go directly to Tyco Simplex Grinnell so they can get a better price. I work for Peak Alarm a local alarm company that has been in business for over 47 years and Peak Alarm can monitor your Simplex Fire Alarm at our UL listed Local Central Station and you can contact Larry Love at 801 428 1384 or email him at Simplex also has monitoring solutions which are normally out of State.

Siemens Cerberus Pyrotronics Fire Alarm

Cerberus Pyrotonics

Cerberus Pyrotonics

Specific fire alarm brands can only be done by certain companies. Siemens Cerberus Pyrotronics is done by specific companies here in Utah and they are :

Siemens – Cerberus Pyrotronics 801 316 2500 Siemens Fire Safety

GSL Electric 801 565 0088

Alarm Control – (801) 486 8731

Siemens is a very large company and Fire Alarm is one of many divisions that they are involved in. They are also involved in things such as HVAC.

To find a dealer you may go to the following site for more information about Siemens Cerberus Pyrotonics Fire Alarm

Often I get asked from Electrical Contractors if I can work on a Siemens Fire Alarm and we can monitor any fire alarm system or security system at our UL listed Central Station and we can also do fire alarm inspections but we don’t sell or service siemens cerberus pryrotronics fire alarm systems at Peak Alarm.

My name is Larry Love and I have been in the Fire Alarm industry for over 20 years. I work at Peak Alarm and I sell Fire Alarms and Security for homes and businesses.

Change batteries in your smoke detectors

Month to month agreements are available

Month to month agreements are available

Call Larry Love 801 428 1384


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Change your batteries in your smoke detectors every 6 months

If they are system smoke detectors not only will they wake you up but they will notify the central station who in turn will call the fire department.

Many people don’t wake up with all the noise. There are new detectors out that are low frequency that do a better job of waking you up.

Residential detectors should be cleaned periodically and also replaced every ten years. Don’t risk the lives of your family.

Residential 120 volt smokes with battery backup cost around $15 each at a big box store. They have more expensive models that are better. It is better to buy photoelectric detectors rather than ION since ION will false alarm more often in high altitudes.

Residential smokes that are not tied to your security alarm system do not notify the fire department. Adding smokes to your security system does not raise the cost of your monthly monitoring. It will however give you a discount off your insurance depending on your insurance company.

System detectors cost about $130 dollars installed and they are worth every penny you pay. Get peace of mind knowing the fire department will be notified of a fire whether you are home or not. Call Larry today. 801 428 1384

Peak Alarm is a large company but not too big

Too small or too big can be an issue.

Too small or too big can be an issue.

Alarm companies that are too big are harder to deal with. Peak Alarm is local and has 88 employees on the Alarm side of operations. This means we are big enough to do any size project and still provide same day or next day service.

Some companies that are National are harder to deal with because some of those companies have a month waiting list when you need service and when you have proprietary equipment installed there is nothing you can do about the wait time and the equipment costs are normally double what other equipment costs are. Just food for thought. Peak Alarm does not install Proprietary equipment that would leave you stuck with only one vender.

Contact Larry Love (801) 428 1384 for questions on pricing or for a free site visit. Peak has four offices to serve you. Salt Lake, Saint George, Boise and Idaho Falls.

When you call you Speak with real people.

Same day or next day service calls

Installations are done on a first come first serve basis. Smaller residential installations have a shorter wait time because we have a team that does just the smaller projects.

Commercial projects are a bit more involved and if it is a fire alarm job we are required to have plans signed off by the local fire marshal before we can start work to meet Utah Law and NFPA 72 code.

Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love

Utah requires fire alarm tests at businesses

Fire and Security Alarms

Hire NICET certified techs for your fire alarm jobs.

Utah law requires that business fire alarm systems be tested at least once a year and that a tag be hung on the system signed by someone that meets the qualifications to test fire alarm systems in the state as adopted by the State Fire Marshal’s office.

Peak Alarm has several NICET technicians that can test your system, tag it and present you with the required paperwork that is needed. Peak Alarm has factory trained techs that are also certified through the State Fire Marshal’s office and NICET certified.

Call Larry Love to set up inspections at your facility at (801) 428 1384 and you can visit our web site at Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love

If you have questions about what needs to be tested we would be happy to answer any of your questions and concerns. We can come to your place of business and go over the procedure and the cost of the testing. Often there are more systems and items connected to the fire alarm than you are aware of. Many times your insurance company will require that additional tests as per the National Fire Alarm code be done. NFPA 72.

Fire Alarm Panels
Voice Evacuation Panels and microphones
Mass Notification Panels
Fire Alarm communicators, radios, cellular communicators and dialers
Elevator Recall
Pull Stations
Smoke Detectors
CO Detectors
Heat Detectors
Automatic Dampers that shut upon fire alarm
Duct Detectors
Flow valves that indicate water is moving through the fire sprinkler system
Tamper valves that electronically monitor if the water has been shut off
PIV Valves
OS&Y valves
Remote Test switches
CM modules / relays
Ansul Systems and hood systems for fire suppression notification
Power Supplies
Batteries in all the panels (Batteries should be changed every 3 to 5 years)
Door holders (magnets that drop doors upon fire alarm)
Access Control should release the doors upon fire alarm
Addressable modules

Peak Alarm has been in business for 47 years since 1969 serving the public by installing systems and monitoring them. Peak has a pull Guard and Patrol Division as well as our UL listed Monitoring Center where every employee is 5 Diamond Certified. We have an AV Division and our Alarm Division is top of the line. Peak can take care of your Fire Alarm System inspections and repairs. Call Larry Love to set up an appointment (801) 428 1384

Smoke Detectors that send signals

Normal 120 Volt smoke detectors with battery backup do not send signals to a central station that dispatches the authorities. System smoke detectors will notify the central station rather than just making noise. Normally the smoke detectors are set up just to wake you up. Sometimes people do not wake up but are overcome by smoke and they die. I like designing a security system in a home with at least one smoke detector up and one down that is tied to the system and will send signals. If you are on vacation these detectors will also notify dispatch who in turn can call the fire department.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 for more information and a free site visit

Peak Alarm web site – Contact Larry Love

Ask for Larry Love at Peak Alarm to help you design your security system including additional sensors.

Ask for Larry Love at Peak Alarm to help you design your security system including additional sensors.

Fire Alarm information for dummies


Basic Fire Alarm information

Basic Fire Alarm information

Manual Pull Box or Pull Station: This is the Red square box with the handle you pull when there is a fire. The fire alarm box.

Horn/Strobe: This is the flashing light that also has an obnoxious sounder on it. Many times it will sound in threes beep, beep, beep then repeat. These can be white or red depending on the building. New requirements are coming out where some of these may have a clear flasher for fire and a colored flasher for other type warnings for disasters or something else. There are also Speaker Strobes that look similar that have a speaker with a voice message telling you to leave, stay put or giving other information. These were known as VOICE EVACUATION SYSTEMS but now many are going to what is called MASS NOTIFICATION because sometimes these systems don’t evacuate people but tell them to move to another area of the building or stay put.

Duct Detector: This is a smoke detector mounted to the ventilation system so you know when there is smoke in the air distribution system. It can also shut off equipment if the motors are burning up. When there is smoke it can send a supervisory or an alarm, it can shut down all the air handler units or just one. Shutting them all off is called global shut down.

FLOW SWITCH: This is an electrical low voltage monitoring switch that tells the fire alarm panel that water is flowing. This switch activates and alarm and normally the fire department is dispatched.

TAMPER SWITCH: This is an electrical low voltage monitoring switch that tells the fire alarm panel that someone has shut off the water to the fire sprinkler system. This could also indicate a problem with wiring or sometimes when construction or service is being done these signals are activated to indicate a problem.

PIV: Post Indicator Valve, this is normally found outside a building and monitors whether or not the water is turned on or off for the fire sprinkler system going into a building.

HEAT DETECTOR: This does not need much explanation other than to say this is not a life safety device but these are meant more for protection of property and the structure of the building. There are fixed temperature sensors that go off and activate the fire alarm at normally 135 degrees F or 194 or 200 and there are Rate of Rise heat detectors that (ROR) that are activated if the temperature goes up very quickly within a certain amount of time and within so many degrees. There are also one time use heat detectors and others that that be reused over and over. You cannot test a one time use heat detector. It has a eutectic metal that melts at a specific temperature. The other heats can be tested with a heat gun. Sometimes the fire marshal will let you use a heat detector where you would normally find a smoke detector if circumstances require it. Example: If you normally have a smoke outside of an elevator which is code you could put a heat there instead if the elevator opened up to the outside where a smoke could get cold or dirty.

SMOKE DETECTOR: Everyone knows what a smoke detector does although many people don’t understand there are different kinds of smoke detectors. Two types are the ION and the PHOTOELECTRIC type smokes. ION is not the best choice here in Utah because they false alarm more in higher altitude areas. ION detects invisible smoke better like burning wires and such. ION detectors have a small portion of radioactive material inside so you can’t just throw them away in the garbage. Photoelectric sends a beam of light out though a maze inside the chamber and when smoke breaks that beam of light the alarm is activated the problem is that dust and steam can also affect these detectors. There are new detectors out that also have a CO sensor in them to avoid alarms in steam or dust environments. Some of these are not UL listed as CO sensors so you may need a separate CO sensor as well.

Annunciator: Also known as a Keypad where you can see your alarms and troubles.

CODE WORD OR PASSWORD: Code requires that you have a password for your alarm system so not just anyone can call in an put it in test and then arson the building and not have the fire department show up. When people are let go or fired this password should be changed.

Monitor module or POPIT: This is a small little device that will send a signal to the alarm panel telling it where the device is. If you have a smoke detector in the SW back of the building and you have one of these modules on the system it will give the panel the exact location after it is programed to do so.

LOOP or WIRE RUN or CABLE LOOP or WIRE CIRCUIT: When we install fire alarms or security alarms we can install them in a zoned (conventional) manner or an addressable manner this means that wire goes out to each device in a loop and if you have addressable modules tells the panel where each device is. If you have a zoned system then there is a wire that goes from the panel to each device using much more wire and if you have 15 devices then there are 15 wire runs and that is not in a loop. One circuit may have 15 smokes on it and still be conventional or zoned but you will not know where each device is or which one has gone into alarm without going out and looking at each one so the addressable configuration has an upside to it. Class A wiring means the wire goes out to all the devices and then comes back to the panel in a separate conduit or path. Class B means wire can go out and then stop at the last device. If the wire is cut on a class A loop then all the devices will continue to function and the panel will show a trouble. If a wire is cut on a class B loop, you will get a trouble and none of the devices after the cut will function.

NFPA 72 or NFPA 70 (NEC) and IFC: NFPA means National Fire Protection Association and the 72 is the Fire Alarm Code and the 70 is the Electrical Code or National Electrical Code NEC and IFC is International Fire Code. These codes have been adopted by Utah with some exceptions in R710 which is the Utah Code although Fire Marshals can require additional items or give you exceptions and all of these should be in writing.

ANSUL TIE IN: Alarm systems normally just monitor the ANSUL or the systems that dump chemical or liquid out to put out a fire in a kitchen.

GREEN TAG: The sprinkler system and the fire alarm system should be inspected and tagged separately. There is a different certification for each one of these. If one company does both they need to indicate the proper inspection and the numbers on the Green Tags. When the sprinkler system is tested they also test the functionality of the fire alarm where the sprinkler system is concerned and when the fire alarm system is tested they also test the flows, tampers and PIVs on a system although most fire alarm companies will not flow water but that is normally done by a sprinkler company. Most fire sprinkler companies do not test all of the fire alarm components as a fire alarm company does.

NFPA 72 INSPECTION FORMS: You should ask for these forms when your system is installed and inspected yearly as per code.

Elevator Recall: The fire alarm system has a smoke outside the elevators and if smoke is detected say on the first floor then the fire alarm system tells the elevator system to send the elevators to a different floor where there is no smoke. It is a bit more complicated that this but this is basically how it works. If there is a fire on say the 5th floor then the elevator will be sent to the 1st or ground floor so people can exit.

Shunt Trip to shut down power in the elevator shaft: If there is someone working in the shaft and say a detector indicates a fire or extreme heat then the fire alarm system tells the electrical system to shut off the power to protect the people working in the shaft from being electrocuted.

DAMPERS: There are vents in the ventilation system and some of them can be opened or closed and these can be tied to the system so they automatically shut or open. This could be done so smoke would not spread throughout the building.

SMOKE CONTROL SYSTEMS: In large buildings this is similar to dampers but more complex because the fire department could respond and enter a safe room normally on the perimeter of the building that had controls where they could open and close vents and dampers and turn on and off fans so they could move smoke from one area of the building to another area.

When you find errors in this information or something you feel needs to be clarified more please comment so corrections can be made. I have tried to make this information easier to read for those that are not involved in the industry and by so doing it may appear that some of the information is not complete.

DOOR HOLDERS: These are magnets that hold the doors open and they drop power when there is a fire so the fire does not spread.

SECURITY MAGLOCKS : These are also tied to the fire alarm, these magnets do the opposite, they are holding a door shut but when there is a fire alarm power should drop to these as well so people can exit the building.

24 HOUR BATTERY TEST: This is a test that is done to make sure your batteries are big enough and good enough to run your fire alarm system after power has been out for 24 hours. The system will run on battery and then the fire marshal will have the contractor set off the alarm for 5 or 15 minutes and all the horn/strobes or speaker strobes need to function for a specific time period. If they don’t then you may need new or larger batteries or even a new power supply. Most circuits can only have about 8 horn/strobes tied to them so if a contractor puts too many on one circuit then the last ones may not work if there is a voltage line drop. This means there may not be enough power at the end of the wire if the first horn/strobes took all the power. Some of the newer systems can have more than 8 on a circuit so that is why the fire marshal likes to see the battery calculations and the voltage line drop calculations. It is like putting 150 watt bulbs into a lamp that is rated for 60 watt bulbs. The wire size matters and the distance matters and the appliances you put on the wire also factor into these calculations.

I hope this has been of some help to those that are new in the industry or for an owner that would like to get more involved with his building. Call Larry Love at Peak Alarm for more information 801 428 1384 or email him at I welcome corrections and comments.