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03/16/12

Honeywell Analytics: Now introducing Flame Detection

A market Advantage Protection Inc. relies heavily upon is the monitoring of fire systems, therefore any time one of our main manufacturers acquires another company, it is big news. According to Security Systems News, Honeywell has bought a company called Fire Sentry who is a major manufacturer of fire detection and control products for a wide range of industrial markets. The exciting acquisition will add flame detection to Honeywell’s gas detection business, Honeywell Analytics. Being as Fire Sentry will be integrated into Honeywell Life Safety, the acquisition will benefit fire dealers and installers alike, by giving us a larger portfolio and more opportunity to grow our prospects with our customers.

According to Patrick Hogan, VP of marketing for Honeywell Analytics Americas, “Before 2005, Honeywell had a zero footprint in the gas detection business.” “Now, he said, Honeywell Analytics is “the biggest gas detection company in the world.” The growth is greatly due to the acquisition of Zellweger Analytics which is a large group of independent companies under one name. The gap that was left was in the detection of flame, according to Hogan. Now that gap has been bridged.

As flame and gas detection is commonly used in petrochemical, semiconductor and automobile paint finishing plants, there are many other applications that flame detectors could be vital. For example, power generation, pulp, paper and metals processing, as well places as common as supermarkets, where combustibles like cardboard is stored in high quantities.   

For more information about local fire monitoring and detection along with commercial combustion please call Advantage Protection Inc. at 360-695-5072 or visit us at www.advproinc.com

03/05/12

Permalink 07:37:01 pm, by advproinc, 188 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Life Safety Information, Other Resources, Company News

Actual Alarm Received 2/11/2012: Discount Tobacco and Beverage

On Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 4:58pm, our alarm monitors received a Front Desk Panic from Discount Tobacco and Beverage which they then dispatched police right away.  While on the phone with dispatch, they informed her that it was an actual robbery as the premise was calling in at the same time.  The monitoring center was able to reach the RP (Responsible Party) in the days following the incident to ensure that everything had been handled. The RP said that the suspect had used a gun and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a full face mask. “The clerk that was working is still pretty shook up but was not injured.”  Unfortunately because of the hood and face mask they were unable to get a clear shot of him on the camera.  He was not wearing any gloves, so they are hoping investigators were able to get some good prints. 

 

Advantage Protection, Inc. has the only UL listed monitoring center in Clark County pays off! The RP was very grateful for our fast response, and appreciated us following up with them.  Way to go Ladies, great work!

 

 

02/27/12

Permalink 07:55:17 pm, by advproinc, 407 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Life Safety Information, Other Resources

Would You Trust Your Life With a Non-Monitored Smoke Detector?

Over the weekend I came across an article in our local Columbian newspaper that caught my eye about a woman in Vancouver being awoken by her smoke detector, quite possibly saving her life as well as her infant grandchild. This made me realize the reason why Advantage Protection Inc. is and has been very adamant on the installation of monitored smoke detectors, which add an extra level of safety to your home. For instance, I pose these questions. What if the smoke detector in this woman’s home had been burned up by the blaze before she had been woken? What good did the smoke detector do at alerting the fire department the exact instant smoke was detected in the home? And finally, what if no one was home at all, what would be left of the house?

The answers to these questions are not to discredit the value of your basic run of the mill smoke detector, they are meant only to open your eyes to the level of protection that is available and what is unfortunately looked at as “good enough,” by most homes. First of all, your basic smoke detectors are great at alerting the residents ONLY if the unit is not damaged by the fire OR if the residents aren’t already incapacitated. Unfortunately they do not have the ability to contact the fire department and alert them of a fire.

Choosing to install a monitored smoke detector by Advantage Protection Inc, could be the difference between an accident with minimal damages, and a catastrophe with severe damage and the possibility of loss of life. A monitored smoke detector will not only sound an audible alarm to alert residence of danger, it will also instantaneously send a signal to our local UL listed monitoring center, in turn having us alert the local fire departments of the situation at hand. This is all happening without the resident knowing it and before they would even have the chance to call 911. With a fire doubling in size every 30 seconds, the time saved by alerting authorities mere minutes earlier than it would take to have someone call when the situation was realized is vital to the life of you, your family as well as the safety of  your home and property.

Don’t wait another day to contact Advantage Protection Inc. to receive a free consultation with one of our highly qualified experts.

Visit www.advproinc.com for more information or call 360-695-5072

02/13/12

Permalink 07:52:08 pm, by advproinc, 629 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Other Resources, Company News

Getting to Know our Team: Frank Hoots, Account Manager

The beginning of February brings another opportunity for our audience to get to know one of our valued teammates here at Advantage Protection Inc. Within this short start to 2012, we have added a piece to our already talented sales team that has seamlessly fit right in. Frank Hoots, a brand new Account Manager is no stranger to sales and relationship building. With an extensive experienced background, we know he will become a great asset to our team, as he is already proving in his short time with us. So, what better time to get to know “the new guy” than when he is fresh and untainted by our kooky office? Here is a look inside with Frank Hoots.

I understand you are a California native, how long have you and your family been up in the NW?

Got here in October 11’ so just about 5 months ago.

What were some previous places of employment?

I’d been in the mortgage industry for about 13 years, while owning my own company for about 4 years of that, then transitioned to outside sales in the janitorial industry before moving to the Northwest.

What about sales makes it the line of work you seem to really gravitate toward?

Definitely the hunt and the excitement of getting someone to buy your product. Not to mention getting a commission is always nice.

While choosing to interview with us here Advantage Protection Inc. what were some key factors in making your decision; is there anything about our company that stands out over other alarm companies or companies in general that you had prior interest in?

What stood out when I came here for the interview is the fact that this company is well grounded and has been a staple in the community for a long time. The fact that we own and operate our own UL listed monitoring center definitely gives us a leg up on our competition.

Where do you see yourself in the next 3 years with this company?

Being a fixture in the company while bringing in a steady stream of recurring monthly revenue for the company.

What do you think you and your personality bring to the sales team here?

A sense of sarcasm and a fun means of doing business. Always having fun while getting the job accomplished.

What are some hobbies you and your family enjoy when you aren’t at work?

Everything is geared toward the kids right now. You name it…fishing, hiking, going to the zoo, etc.

Can you introduce us to your family?

Wife is Suzanne of 6 years and we have 3 children. We have our daughter Rion who is 10yrs, son Van is 3yrs, and Chloe who is our beautiful 1yr old.

What area of California did you mainly grow up in?

Orange County.

Do you mind if I call you Frankie?

Only on every other Saturday.

Can you tell us all one thing about you that no one else knows? Deepest darkest secret ;)

It wouldn’t be a secret anymore. Maybe next interview ;)

Do you plan on utilizing the “look left, then right, then left again” technique while pulling out into traffic for the rest of your time working at Advantage?

As much as I can, yes!

Which previous job would you say groomed you the most for the type of sales you will be doing here?

I would probably say when we owned our own company. The challenge of creating business on your own.

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Jamaica Maaan.

What is your favorite movie of all time?

Hmmm. That’s a tough one.. Right now, I’d have to say Devil’s Rejects. Rob Zombie.

Favorite band/musician?

Metallica, but I listen to EVERYTHING.

What is your burning desire in life?

Travel. See as much as I can before I “go.”

02/06/12

Permalink 05:05:20 pm, by advproinc, 879 words   English (US) latin1
Categories: Welcome, Life Safety Information, Other Resources

Groundhog's Day

Most of us here at Advantage Protection Inc. cringed at the news of Punxsutawny Phil seeing his shadow on Groundhog Day. We all know that if this furry little prophet see's his shadow on February 2nd, we are in for a long, 6 additional weeks of winter. I don't know about you, but I am ready for some warmth and sunshine! I thought it would be a fun blog entry to give the history of Groundhog day for those of us who don't remember the story from 2nd grade, as well as give you some tips on winter safety since house fires are the most prevalent in winter than any other season, according to the Nation Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Why does Groundhog Day always fall on February 2nd? February 2nd is 40 days after Christmas and is Candlemas Day in Christianity. On Candlemas Day, Christian clergy in Europe offered blessings and handed out candles to use in the dark of winter. There was on old European saying that a sunny Candlemas Day would lead the winter to last for another six weeks.

It was the Germans who added the idea on an animal being frightened by his shadow on Candlemas would mean winter would stick around for another six weeks. However, they used hedgehogs, not groundhogs. Groundhogs were used when this tradition was brought to America during the 18th Century by German settlers because they were more plentiful than hedgehogs.

As we all know, Groundhog Day in the United States is all about Punxsutawney Phil, the official groundhog, located in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania about 90 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Thousands gather each year to watch Punxsutawney Phil emerge to make his prediction. Punxsutawney Phil was made even more popular after the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day" starring Bill Murray, an office favorite by the way. The legend of Punxsutawney Phil originally came to be by the editor of the local paper in Pennsylvania using his newspaper to proclaim that Phil was the only official weather prognosticating groundhog.

So now that we all can look forward to a long drawn out winter (Phil is more often wrong than right), Advantage Protection Inc. and the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has some tips and guidelines to follow for the rest of this cold weather.

Kerosene Heaters:

· Be sure that kerosene heaters are legal in your area. Be sure your heater is in good working condition. Inspect exhaust parts for carbon buildup. Be sure the heater has an emergency shut off in case the heater is tipped over.

· Never use fuel burning appliances without proper room venting. Burning fuel (coal, kerosene, or propane, for example) can produce deadly fumes.

· Use ONLY the fuel recommended by the heater manufacturer. NEVER introduce a fuel into a unit not designed for that type fuel.

· Keep kerosene, or other flammable liquids stored in approved metal containers, in well ventilated storage areas, outside of the house.

· Never fill the heater while it is operating or hot. When refueling an oil or kerosene unit, avoid overfilling.

· Refueling should be done outside of the home (or outdoors). Keep young children away from space heaters-especially when they are wearing night gowns or other loose clothing that can be easily ignited.

· When using a fuel burning appliance in the bedroom, be sure there is proper ventilation to prevent a buildup of carbon monoxide.

Other General Safety Tips:

· Never discard hot ashes inside or near the home. Place them in a metal container outside and well away from the house.

· Never use a range or an oven as a supplemental heating device. Not only is it a safety hazard, it can be a source of potentially toxic fumes.

· If you use an electric heater, be sure not to overload the circuit. Only use extension cords which have the necessary rating to carry an amp load. TIP: Choose an extension cord the same size or larger than the appliance electrical cord.

· Avoid using electrical space heaters in bathrooms or other areas where they may come in contact with water.

· Frozen water pipes? Never try to thaw them with a blow torch or other open flame, otherwise the pipe could conduct the heat and ignite the wall structure inside the wall space. Use hot water or a laboratory tested device such as a hand held dryer for thawing.

· If windows are used as emergency exits in your home, practice using them in the event fire should strike. Be sure that all the windows open easily. Home escape ladders are recommended.

· If there is a fire hydrant near your home you can assist the fire department by keeping the hydrant clear of snow so in the event it is needed, it can be located.

 

FINALLY...

 · Be sure every level of your home has a working smoke alarm, and be sure to check and clean it on a monthly basis.

· Plan and practice a home escape plan with your family.

· Contact your local fire department for advice if you have a question on home fire safety

Please contact us on www.advproinc.com or give us a call at 360-695-5072 with any fire safety or service questions. Have a safe and cozy winter!

 

 

 

 

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