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ESA Water Pipe Electrical Hazard Notice

Potential Electrical Hazards Associated With the Replacement of Metallic Water Meters or Water Mains

Caution Workers who undertake the replacement of a metallic water meter or metallic water piping system should be aware of a possibility of electrical shock or arcing occurring when the continuity of the water piping is interrupted. Always assume there may be flow of electricity in the piping system and deal with the metallic water pipes as if they are energized. A latent fault of a disconnected or deteriorated neutral connection in the electrical system will increase the risk significantly, and removing a water meter or cutting the metallic piping system within or exterior to a building may cause an electric shock to the worker.

Recommendation: ESA recommends contacting a Licensed Electrical Contractor (LEC) to assess the condition of the existing electrical system including the neutral and grounding electrode connections. In some cases, arcing may be indicative of a more serious problem with the electrical system which requires investigation by an LEC. The Local Distribution Company should be notified if the LEC has determined the arcing is from external sources. 1. Replacement of metallic water meters or repair of metallic piping systems An LEC may not be able to detect latent conditions in other premises or within the LDC’s infrastructure. For this reason, it is imperative that the continuity of the piping system be kept intact when cutting or replacing a domestic water meter is carried out. The installation of a temporary jumper (minimum No. 6 AWG copper wire) with clamps made for the application across the water meter or between broken sections of metallic pipe would be adequate to ensure the continuity of the grounding electrode is maintained with this type of work. 2. When replacing the metallic water supply line to a non-conductive water supply line, a new ground electrode is required to be installed by an LEC prior to the existing piping/grounding electrode being removed. Connection to a grounding electrode is considered electrical work. A notification shall be filed with ESA.

Spring into Carbon Monoxide Safety

Spring into Carbon Monoxide Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (TORONTO, ON, March 16, 2021) – As the snow melts away and warmer temperatures are in the midst, our spring to-do lists are starting to grow. The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) wants to remind Ontario residents that no spring to-do list is complete without one that addresses Carbon Monoxide (CO) safety.

With over 65% of all CO injuries and deaths in Ontario occurring in homes and the average dwelling having roughly 4-6 fuel-burning appliances that produce CO, public education is  key when it comes to mitigating these risks.

With the hope that multiple voices will bring greater impact to the message, TSSA partners with other safety-minded organizations to deliver critical information to residents in communities across Ontario. Most recently, TSSA has joined up with the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education and a number of eastern Ontario fire and emergency services departments to provide residents with important CO safety messages.

“Although spring is on the horizon, the risks of CO exposure don’t change,” says Sam Sadeghi, Director of TSSA’s Fuels Safety Program. “We need to remember that CO sources can exist in places other than just our homes, such as in our cottages, campers, boat cabins and RVs. CO can build up in these enclosed spaces quickly, and result in harmful and, unfortunately, at-times deadly poisoning.”

Take Action, Think Safe:

  • Have all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually by a certified fuel technician.
  • Install certified CO alarms in your home, regularly test them and replace in accordance with manufacturer’s instruction.

“Safety is a shared responsibility” adds Sadeghi, and by taking these actions we can lower CO risks in our homes.”

Lastly, know the symptoms of CO poisoning. They are similar to the flu – nausea, headache, burning eyes, confusion and drowsiness – except there is no fever. If these symptoms appear, it is imperative to get everyone outside to fresh air immediately and call 911 or the local fire department.

For more valuable safety information, visit TSSA’s public safety website – www.safetyinfo.ca.

Additional Resources:

Trunk Slammers Campaign (Fraudulent Fuels Safety Workers):

Patio Heater Safety:

 

About TSSA

The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) is one of Ontario’s public safety regulators mandated by the Government of Ontario to enforce provincial safety regulations and enhance public safety. Throughout Ontario, TSSA regulates the safety of amusement devices, boilers and pressure vessels, elevating devices, fuels, operating engineers, and ski lifts. Its range of safety services include public education and consumer information, certification, licensing and registration, engineering design review, inspections, investigations, safety management consultation, compliance support and enforcement and prosecution activities. The organization’s vision is to be a valued advocate and recognized authority in public safety. Mr. Heat Mechanical Inc. is a licensed TSSA Contractor in Ontario.

Mr. Heat Mechanical Inc. is the winner of HomeStars 2021 Best of Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEAS

Mr. Heat Mechanical Inc. is Awarded 2021 HomeStars Best of Award Winner!

March 1, 2021 — Mr. Heat Mechanical Inc.  announced today that they have been selected as a 2021 HomeStars Best of Award Winner. This prestigious award recognizes the best across the HomeStars network of over 60,000 Canadian home service pros. Winners are carefully vetted for consistency, integrity, unparalleled customer service and dedication to their trade.
“Our Best of Award winners are the pros that make the HomeStars network so remarkable,” says Shir Magen, CEO of HomeStars.“Since 2009, we’ve been celebrating the best pros in our network with the Best of Awards, pros who deliver top-notch customer service, have built themselves an excellent reputation, and go above and beyond customer expectations. The Best of Award winner badge is a strong indicator to homeowners of the trust and quality they can expect by working with a pro on our network, empowering them to make safer hiring decisions.”
 
 
“We’ve been part of the HomeStars network for  years and are pleased to have received 3 Best of Awards over the years. We know
that trust, dependability, and excellence in customer service is the centre of any award-winning business. We take enormous pride in our trade and put our customers and
their needs first. It’s so exciting to see all the good work we do recognized alongside the best in the Canadian home improvement and repair industry. Thank you to HomeStars and our
wonderful customers that helped us get here. We couldn't have done it without you!”
 

Mr. Heat Mechanical Inc. is a professional HVAC, Hydronic & Electrical Contractor located in Richmond Hill,ON. 

See what our past clients have to say on HomeStars (Click Here), and join hundreds of happy customers who have made Mr. Heat Mechanical Inc. their first choice for hire.

 

Federal Fall Economic Statement Supports Home Energy Retrofits

Great News for the Canadian HVAC Sector

Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland tabled the Fall Economic Statement entitled Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19, a spending plan that looks to support Canadians during the continued COVID-19 pandemic and support Canada’s economic recovery. The plan includes several measures that will affect the HVAC sector, most notably a commitment to support home energy retrofits (as proposed by HRAI) though details remain to be communicated.

This is the second update the government has provided during the pandemic. The first one in July projected the federal deficit would hit a record of $343.2 billion. The last time the government tabled a spending plan was back in March 2019 -- their last budget before the 2019 federal election. The Fall Economic Statement today updated the deficit projection to $381.6 billion. The largest announcements coming from the spending plan concern support for some of Canada’s hardest hit industries, such as tourism and hospitality, support for long-term care homes, support to help women return to work and stimulus spending on infrastructure.

The statement will now need to go through the legislative process, with the goal of being passed and receiving royal assent prior to the holiday break. 

Program Highlights

  • The government proposes to provide $2.6 billion over 7 years, starting in 2020-21, to Natural Resources Canada to help homeowners improve their home energy efficiency by providing up to 700,000 grants of up to $5,000 to help homeowners make energy-efficient improvements to their homes, up to one million free EnerGuide energy assessments, and support to recruit and train EnerGuide energy auditors to meet increased demand. Additional information on home energy efficiency grants will be provided in a future announcement, and eligibility for these grants will be retroactive to December 1, 2020. 
  •  The government also recognizes that homeowners and landlords need to be able to access simple and affordable financing to make deeper home energy retrofits. Over the coming months the government will outline details of a low-cost loan program that integrates and builds on available energy audits and grants, and which can be easily accessed by Canadians. 
  •  To further bolster training supports for those hardest hit by the pandemic, including marginalized and racialized women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities and recent newcomers to Canada, the government proposes to invest an additional $274.2 million over 2 years, starting in 2021-22. This funding will support the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program, the Foreign Credential Recognition Program, the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, and the Women’s Employment Readiness Canada pilot project. 
  • Building on investments made through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and the Safe Return to Class Fund, the government proposes to provide $150 million over three years, starting in 2020-21, to Infrastructure Canada to improve ventilation in public buildings and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This will help provincial, territorial, municipal and local governments and Indigenous communities fund projects that increase air quality and circulation, such as upgrades or conversions of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. More details on this measure will be announced in the coming months. 

HRAI Urges ON Premier to Re-open HVAC Businesses

HRAI Canada is working hard advocating to the provincial and federal governments on behalf of our members and the HVACR sector. 
 
On Monday, HRAI wrote to Premier Ford and to the Jobs and Recovery Committee requesting clarification regarding permitted activities under the current guidelines for the HVACR sector. 
 
HRAI strongly urged the Premier to allow HVAC contractors in Ontario to fully re-open their businesses in the next stage of re-opening of our economy, with the condition that they respect the relevant public health and safety guidelines.
 

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