HRAI Announces Public Campaign on Risks of Using Flammable Hydrocarbon Refrigerants in Homes and Businesses

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 24, 2011 /CNW/ - The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) today announced the launch of a consumer safety awareness campaign to warn Canadians about the risks of using flammable hydrocarbon refrigerants in home and business air conditioning systems. Based on the theme "Some Jobs Are Best Left to the Experts", 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".

The campaign covers the risk factors that consumers should be aware of when considering the purchase of these hydrocarbon refrigerant kits. 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 conditioning technician?

"Some jobs are best left to the experts!"

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 www.hrai.ca/educationcentre.html or calling 1-877-467-HRAI (4724).

A copy of the entire campaign message can also be found on the HRAI consumer website (www.hrai.ca/educationcentre.html ).

About HRAI
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), established in 1968, is the national trade association of more than 1300 manufacturer, wholesaler and contractor companies in the Canadian HVACR industry who provide the products and services for indoor comfort and essential refrigeration processes.

For more information contact Warren Heeley at HRAI, 2800 Skymark Avenue, Blg. 1, Suite 201, Mississauga, ON, L4W 5A6 Tel: 1-800-267-2231 or 905-602-4700, Fax: 905-602-1197, E-mail: warren.heeley@hrai.ca


SOURCE The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI)

For further information:

Warren Heeley, 1-800-267-2231 x227
Or 905-602-4700 x227 or e-mail
warren.heeley@hrai.ca

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