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Natural Gas Appliance Safety

Certain models of Vitodens 200-W and Vitodens 222-F boilers recalled due to carbon monoxide hazard

Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Viessmann Manufacturing Company Inc. have issued a joint recall for certain models of Vitodens 200-W and Vitodens 222-F boilers due to a carbon monoxide hazard. These boiler models are used for space or domestic water heating. The product name and model number can be found on the left side of the boiler cover. The serial number can be found on the underside of the boiler.

The following products are affected:

Product NumberModelPart NumberSerial Numbers (Affected Range)
Vitodens 200-WB2HB 1975380927538092401003107 to 7538092701038106
B2HB 2675380937538093401002107 to 7538093701177109
B2HB 3575380947538094401003101 to 7538094701446103
Vitodens 222-FB2TB 1975422507542250401001100 to 7542250401210106
B2TB 3575422517542251401001107 to 7542251701257105

Boilers which have a yellow sticker applied to the boiler rating plate located on the left side of the boiler cover have already undergone a heat exchanger replacement and are not subject to this recall.

Consumers with recalled boilers are advised to contact the installer or the wholesaler/distributor from whom they purchased the boiler or Viessmann Manufacturing immediately in order to schedule a free boiler safety inspection.

For more information, please view the Health Canada alert. Source: https://www.technicalsafetybc.ca/news/certain-models-vitodens-200-w-and-vitodens-222-f-boilers-recalled-due-carbon-monoxide-hazard

 

Miles Industries Ltd. recalls H5 Series Fireplaces

Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, and Miles Industries Ltd. have issued a joint recall of H5 Series Fireplaces.

This recall involves natural gas and propane H5 Series Fireplace models 1100 and 1150 installed with certain 3 and 4-sided fireplace trim (model numbers 1135, 1140, 1145, 1149 or 1184).

Click here for further details.

 

TFT SAFETY RECALL

Natural gas appliances have open flames connected to powerful fuel supplies.

While properly installed and maintained appliances seldom present a danger, regular inspection and maintenance ensures your family’s safety and efficient operation.

What to do if you smell gas

Natural gas is odorless, but a small amount of scent is added to make it easily detectable. If you smell rotten eggs, hear gas hissing or know you have damaged a gas pipe:

  1. Stop what you’re doing.
  2. Get all family members out of the house.
  3. DO NOT use cell phones, light switches, matches, cigarettes or create any other source of ignition.
  4. As you leave the house, leave the door open.
  5. Get everyone far from the building until the emergency is contained.
  6. Call 911 or the natural gas emergency line for your area with a land line (not a cell phone):

Alberta:

  • Edmonton and area: 780-420-5585
  • Calgary and area: 403-245-7222
  • All other areas: 1-800-511-3447

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Safety tips

  1. Always hire  licensed mechanical contractors for installation, inspection and maintenance. Many dangers of improper installation and unsafe equipment are invisible without specialized equipment and training.
  2. Do not store combustible materials such as oil, gas, paper, cardboard, laundry near gas appliances.
  3. Remember that gas appliances have open flames. Never use combustible materials such as paints, solvents and glues near gas appliances.
  4. As with all open flames, natural gas appliances require a constant supply of oxygen. Ensure a qualified professional has confirmed a supply of “make-up” air so that a) the air your family breaths will not be oxygen-depleted and b) the open flame will not flare out of the appliance in search of scarce oxygen.
  5. Know where you gas supply shut-off valves are located. The gas is off when the handle is perpendicular to the gas pipe. The gas is on when the handle is in line with the gas pipe.
  6. As with all flames, natural gas appliances produce exhaust. Exhaust from natural gas (Carbon-Monoxide) is odorless, invisible and poisonous to humans. Carbon-monoxide is especially dangerous due to the way it first induces drowsiness. Install carbon-monoxide detectors near your appliances and sleeping quarters. Have a professional inspect your appliance and ventilation for leaks and cracks in the exhaust system.
  7. Be watchful for signs of carbon monoxide poisoning including:
    • Headache and dizziness
    • Fatigue and weakness
    • Watering and burning eyes
    • Nausea and vomiting
    • Loss of muscle control
  8. Gas appliance service and installation is not a handyman project. Always use a licensed professional.
  9. Call before you dig, clear or tear down structures.

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