MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 16, 2014 /CNW/ - The Heating, Refrigeration and Air
Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) today launched its 4th annual consumer safety awareness campaign to warn Canadians about the
risks of using flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants in home and business
air conditioning systems. The campaign provides the public with
important safety information about "do-it-yourself" (DIY) kits
containing flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants that are being offered by
major retailers to home and business owners.
"Retailers are aggressively selling these DIY kits that contain the
propane used in a BBQ tank as a replacement refrigerant for home or
business air conditioning systems" stated Warren Heeley, President of
HRAI. "With the air conditioning season nearly here, Canadians need to
know that flammable refrigerants used in home or business air
conditioning systems can create the potential for a serious explosion
and fire, which could result in injury or death".
In May of 2013, HRAI approached the Ontario Office of Fire Marshal and
Emergency Management (OFMEM) to seek action on this potentially
hazardous product and the hazard it could cause for fire personnel. As
a result of these discussions with OFMEM, a communiqué was sent out in
September of 2013 by OFMEM detailing the Fire Marshals safety concerns
and risks associated with this product being sold to consumers. To view this release click here. HRAI is now taking these concerns to the Canadian Council of Fire
Marshalls and Fire Commissioners.
In addition to the potential for fire and explosion, these refrigerants
are not approved for use in air conditioning equipment already
installed in the home or business, and their use could cause
environmental damage if the existing refrigerants in these systems are
not properly recovered.
Consumers should ask themselves if it is worth the risk to place their
families, business colleagues and the environment in potential danger
by using these DIY kits or if they should use a qualified air
Consumers can learn more about air conditioning and locating a qualified
technician to service their air conditioning systems by going to the
consumer section of the HRAI website, HRAI You Tube channel or calling 1-877-467-HRAI (4724).
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada
(HRAI), established in 1968, is the national trade association of more
than 1400 manufacturer, wholesaler and contractor companies in the
Canadian HVACR industry who provide the products and services for
indoor comfort and essential refrigeration processes.
SOURCE: The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI)
For further information:
Loretta Zita at HRAI, 2800 Skymark Avenue, Blg. 1, Suite 201, Mississauga, ON, L4W 5A6 Tel: 1-800-267-2231 or 905-602-4700 x 254, Fax: 905-602-1197, E-mail: email@example.com