Assured Automation Recommends FireBag® Automated Gas Shut-off Devices for Passive Fire Safety


Clark NJ - At last, America homes and industry now can be protected with FireBag self-actuated `gas shut-off devices in all gas-fed appliances, protecting both lives and property. These safety devices have been mandated for all gas appliances that use natural gas, propane, and butane gas in European countries such as Germany for over 17 years.

The FireBag is a passive device that automatically closes the supply of gas in the event of fire, preventing the spread of fire which can lead to gas explosions. The FireBag® thermal-activated shut-off device shuts off gas supply when ambient temperatures reach 212°F. The FireBag's fusible alloy melts when the outside temperature reaches 203-212°F, releasing its plug to completely close the flow of gas.

This passive safety device works day and night, weekends and holidays without any manual intervention. The FireBag does not rely on anyone to find a manual valve or locate a wrench to close the gas supply. The FireBag is installed in the gas piping upstream of the gas appliance, and does not require any manual manipulation once installed.

Active devices such as fire extinguishers have become standard fixtures in U.S. kitchens within the last few decades. And now, for less than the cost of a fire extinguisher, a gas appliance can be equipped with the FireBag passive device, to protect the home even when no one is at home.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the U.S. fire departments face 2,110 home fires a year where natural gas is the first material ignited, and 1,170 home fires a year where LP-gas is involved with the start of a fire.1 Most home gas fires originate in the kitchen at the stove or gas range.

"Gas appliances manufactured in Europe routinely include thermal actuated gas shut-off safety devices, resulting in a significant decrease in the danger of gas ignited fires," observes Bill Farrell, president of Assured Automation.

The FireBag is installed in the pipes that supply gas to ranges, ovens, wall heaters, boilers, or any gas appliance. When integrated with gas valves, the FireBag can be installed as a manual shut off device as well eliminating the need for a separate on/off valve. Utilities also install integrated FireBag safety devices, including valves, at gas meters inside buildings.

The FireBag has been certified by the following national and international organizations:

o AGA ANSI Z21.15-CGA 9.1-M97 (certain models)
o CGA ANSI Z21.15-CGA 9.1-M97 (certain models)
o DIN 3586 thermo activated safety device for gas applications
o European UNI EN 1775 Standard for indoor gas installations
o European Directive 90/396/CEE certification for durability in mechanical or thermal stress
o German DVGW TRGI 86/96 Standard for thermo activated locking systems on gas heaters, water heaters & domestic gas fittings
o German Standard Muster-Feuerverordnung (FeuVo v. 02/95 - edition 09/97) for thermo activated devices
o Italian UNI 7129 Ed 2001 Standard for fire protection and gas supply line components

Specifications

o Maximum Pressure: 72.5 PSI (NPT), 232 PSI (Flanged)
o Temperature Range: -4°F to +140°F (-20°C to + 60°C)
o Housing and Finishing: Zinc-plated steel
o FireBag Set-off Temperature: 203-212°F (95-100°C)
o FireBag Heat Resistance: 1,697°F (925°C) for 60 minutes at 72.5 PSI (NPT)

More information on the FireBag® Thermal Shutoff Device can be found at:
http://assuredautomation.com/firebag/

FireBag® Thermal Shutoff Device Datasheet:
http://assuredautomation.com/literature/FireBag_datasheet.pdf

For more information regarding the FireBag Thermal Shutoff Devices, contact Bill Farrell at Assured Automation (billf@aa-fs.com) or 800 899-0553.

About Assured Automation
Assured Automation is a privately held company that sells automated valves, actuators, flow meters, and valve accessories. Located in Clark NJ, Assured Automations customers include original equipment manufacturers, resellers, and end users. Their products are used for fluid and gas applications in air drying, pollution control, process control, laundry equipment, textile dyeing & drying, bottling & dispensing equipment, ink & paint dispensing, industrial compressors, and others. For more information contact Assured Automation at 800-899-0553, by e-mail at info@assuredautomation.com or visit www.assuredautomation.com.

Assured Automation, 19 Walnut Avenue, Clark, NJ 07066
Tel: 800-899-0553 or 732-381-2255
Fax: 732-381-2328
Email: info@assuredautomation.com or billf@aa-fs.com

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