Alta. government warns contractors of installing non-certified gas fireplaces

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Edmonton, Alta—The Alberta government is reminding contractors that a valid certification mark by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) must be on any gas fireplace installed or else it must be immediately removed from operation or have the gas supply to the appliance terminated immediately.

In accordance with CSA B149 – natural gas and propane installation code, gas-fired appliances are required to undergo safety and performance testing in order to be certified to a nationally recognized certification body.

Alberta released a “Standata” on Jan. 27 that prohibits the installation or use of non-certified gas fireplaces manufactured by Canadian Fire Hearth Manufacturing Inc. and Luxor Manufacturing Inc. A Standata provides information related to “interpretations, clarifications, recommended practices, or province-wide variances on codes and standards.

LabTest certification mark.

Any gas fireplaces manufactured by either company that has a LabTest Certification Inc. certification label must be immediately removed, and should it be installed, sold or offered for sale within Alberta. LabTest Certification Inc. suspended the listing of Canadian Fire Hearth Manufacturing Inc. as of April 2015. Any gas fireplaces manufactured after this date with this label are being used without permission.

QAI certification mark.

In addition, gas fireplaces manufactured by Luxor Manufacturing Inc. with a Qai Laboratories Limited certification mark must also be removed and shouldn’t be sold or installed within Alberta. They suspended the listing of Luxor as of November 2016.

OMNI-Test certification mark.

Lastly, gas fireplaces manufactured by either company that displays an Omni-Test Laboratories Inc. (OTL) certification mark must be removed from operation and should not be installed or sold within the province. Omni-Test Laboratories suspended the listing of Canadian Fire Hearth Manufacturing as of the end of December 2010.

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