Since the FireBag is a passive device and only triggers in a fire situation, it is virtually maintenance free. No regular inspections are required.
The FireBag protects homes supplied with natural gas from their gas utility, as well as homes that use propane gas tanks or butane. Gas utilities may install a FireBag at the meter to shut off gas supply to the entire house. And homeowners can install FireBags at any gas appliance, such as a gas range and oven, furnace, water heater, gas generator, and gas grills.
When installing the FireBag in a residential setting, the plumber installs the FireBag upstream of existing valves, complying with the directional flow of gas. The FireBag’s installation kit includes seals and rods suitable for high temperatures. FireBags can also be purchased and installed as a unit with an AGA ANSI Z21.15-CGA 9.1-M97 rated ball valve that meets ICC building code requirements.
Commercially, FireBags protect commercial kitchens from gas fires generated at the gas range. They are also used on industrial installations with hot air generators, and with varnishing booths.
The ½” FireBag is the most common size when used to protect home gas appliances. Industrial applications may use larger piping, and have the option of selecting FireBags sized to their piping requirements, including ¾”, 1”, 1 ¼”, 1 ½”, 2” NPT threaded fittings. Additional blank fittings are available to accommodate mixed sizing for ½” x 3/4” fittings.
More information on the fire safety standards used throughout the world that the FireBag complies with is available at http://tecoamericas.com . Specific application uses of the FireBag for homes and industry are also described in more detail on the website.