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You can now give your alarm commands with the Google Home app!

With Google Home and the new Alarm.com Action, you can ask your AFS Revolution Security System to perform a number of automation commands or check the status of smart home devices.

Simply tell Google to perform any of the following:

  • Turn on the living room lights
  • Lock the front door
  • Turn down the thermostat to 68 degrees
  • Arm Stay the security system
  • Open the garage door*
  • Disarm my system*

You can also ask Google any of the following:

  • Are all the doors locked?
  • What’s the temperature in the living room?
  • Is my security system armed or disarmed?
  • Is my garage door closed?

For more information on how to set your system up with Google Home, check out this handy article.

* The user is required to say a 4-digit pin code to disarm the system, unlock the door and open the garage door.

Google Home

What is a fusible link and how do they work?

At American Fire & Security we are continually servicing and maintaining kitchen hood systems and fire doors.  One of the most important items for either one of these systems are the fusible links.  Per NFPA and the manufacturers standards most fusible link systems must be inspected and maintained every 6 months.

What are Fusible Links?

Fusible links are temperature sensitive fire protection devices designed to be part of a fire protection system. The system is activated when the ambient temperature increases to the point that causes the fusible link to “break-apart”. At the point of breakage, it releases the pre-loaded fire protection device, thus restricting the spread of fire. Fusible links are manufactured under the most rigid quality procedures to assure the highest possible degree of uniformity and “break-away” reliability.

The fusible link is one of the simplest forms of heat detection devices. When links are used in a restaurant system, their purpose is to cause the system to function and extinguish the fire. Fusible links used in this manner are actually releasing devices that are heat actuated. They cause the system to automatically operate at a predetermined “fixed” temperature.

How do they work?

Links are employed to restrain the operation of the system until a fire occurs. Each link is connected by a cable to the restaurant system releasing mechanism. When a high temperature is reached, the two halves of the link separate. When the cable tension is released by the separation of the link, the system operates and wet chemical flows out the discharge nozzles into the fire area.

Why is it important to replace our fusible links?

Fusible Links are one of the most critical components of a kitchen fire suppression system.  Many factors can inhibit the fusible link from working properly.  NFPA requires the fusible links to be replaced semi-annually, but other factors such as grease build up, could cause the need for them to be replaced sooner.

For more information on Fusible Links or to schedule your next Kitchen Hood System or Fire Door inspection feel free to contact us at (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site!

 

Fusible Link

Replacement of Restaurant Dry Chemical Systems: January 1, 2014

NFPA 96, Standard for Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations, was recently updated.

The newly released 2014 edition has a requirement that impacts old dry chemical systems. Effective January 1, 2014, all automatic fire extinguishing systems for the protection of commercial cooking equipment are required to meet ANSI/UL 300, Standard for Fire Testing of Fire  Extinguishing Systems for the Protection of Commercial Cooking Equipment (2005, revised 2010), or an equivalent standard. This means that existing pre-engineered dry chemical systems protecting this hazard will need to be removed and replaced.

Pre-engineered wet chemical fire suppression systems that are listed to UL 300 are the most common means for protecting commercial cooking equipment, because they are effective, reliable, and economical. They are also the only pre-engineered systems that meet the stringent listing criteria of this Underwriters Laboratories fire test standard. For these reasons, any restaurant looking to replace an existing dry chemical system will most likely request the installation of a UL 300 wet chemical system.

The reference for this deadline is NFPA 96, 2014 edition, paragraph 10.2.3.2. NFPA issued the updated standard on August 1, 2013, with an effective date of August 21, 2013.

For more information call (937) 262-7937 or visit our web site today!

Kitchen Hood System

Purchase by Year-end and Deduct up to $500,000

Purchase your security equipment by  Year-end and Deduct up to $500,000

we mean business

Under Section 179 of the IRS tax code, you can deduct the full amount of equipment purchased / leased up to $500,000 from your company’s gross revenue if done by Dec. 31, 2013. Without congressional action, this benefit will decrease to $25,000 in 2014.*

To better help you take advantage of this, American Fire & Security has partnered with the industry’s leading security equipment financing companies to provide leasing options as more companies recognize the benefits of reducing capital expenditures and shifting security to an operating expense. Take this opportunity to:

  • Add or upgrade your camera system
  • Add or upgrade to biometric readers
  • Integrate video management into your alarm or access control system

To learn more reply to this email or contact us at (877) 237-8918 today!

*Every entity’s tax situation is different. We recommend consulting with an accountant or legal counsel before taking any action.

179 qualified

 

Resolve to be safe in 2013

2013

Your friends at American Fire & Security / The Security Girl would like to wish you SAFE, happy, healthy and successful 2013!  This is also a great time to make a commitment to keep your business & home as as safe as possible by planning ahead.

We would like to offer some safety tips for your business & home so you can start off your 2013 as safe as possible!

TIPS FOR YOUR BUSINESS
1. Create a library of safety tips (seasonal/holiday activities, driving, proper cell phone usage, etc.). Make information available to employees. Post topics on bulletin boards,create flyers, or include as paycheck suffers.
2.If your business has a safe be sure to anchor your safe into ground/walls, etc., and always change the safe combination when a safe combination holding employee leaves.
3. Post police and emergency telephone numbers in a conspicuous location so they will be readily available during an emergency.

TIPS FOR YOUR HOME
1.  Create a family escape plan in case of a fire or other emergency.  Be sure to practice it regularly.
2. Don’t leave extra keys under doormats, potted plants or any other obvious outdoor location. Place the keys in an outdoor KeySafe, or give a set to a neighbor you can trust.
3.  Make sure at least one person in your household is properly trained in First Aid & CPR so they have the knowledge and confidence to to respond in a potentially life threatening situation.

For more information on how to Resolve to be safe in 2013 contact American Fire & Security today at (937) 262-7937 or toll free at (877) 237-8918.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

Do you have the right type of fire extinguisher for your computer and electronic equipment?

Do you have the right type of fire extinguisher for your computer and electronic equipment?

  • Halotron Fire Extinguishers are designed for use in computer rooms, telecommunications facilities, clean rooms, data storage areas, offices, boats and vehicles.
  • The stored pressure in the Halotron Fire Extinguisher is discharged as a rapidly evaporating liquid which leaves no residue and won’t damage your equipment.
  • Halotron Fire Extinguishers are EPA approved Clean Agent HCFC for Class A, B, and C hazards, that has a low GWP (Global Warming Potential), low ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential), and a low atmospheric lifetime.

If you are not sure if you have the proper fire extinguisher call American Fire and Security at 877-237-8918.

Stay Safe!

The Security Girl

 

Halotron Fire Extinguisher, Chrome

Halotrton Fire Extinguisher, Chrome

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