Canadian Home Safety Products Ltd.

Canadian Home Safety Products Ltd.

April 29, 2008 14:42 ET

Canadian Home Safety Products Ltd.: Gas Safety an Important Part of Emergency Preparedness; Tips for Emergency Preparedness Week, May 4-10

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - Are you ready for the big one? On average, 1,500 earthquakes occur in British Columbia. That's four earthquakes a day. An increasing number of municipalities across B.C. and North America are requiring that new homes and public buildings have seismic gas safety valves installed as protection in event of an emergency. Seismic safety valves automatically shut off gas to a building in the event of an earthquake, preventing gas leaks and fires.

Why install a seismic gas safety valve?

- Prevents fires and explosions. Natural gas contributes to many earthquake-related fire ignitions and can severely damage or destroy your home.

- Earthquake injuries usually related to fire. Since houses generally stay intact during earthquakes, the biggest danger is usually fire. In recent years, most of the damage from major North American earthquakes was due to fires caused by gas explosions.

- Protection against other emergencies. A gas safety valve will also protect your family in other emergencies that potentially involve gas, including leaks, fires and floods.

- Easy to install. A licensed contractor can install most seismic gas safety valve in about an hour. The ASSI Safe-T-Valve can be installed in approximately 20 minutes. The contractor will obtain the new appliance installation permit.

- Easy to reset. Homeowners can easily reset their gas safety valve themselves, restoring the flow of natural gas. The ASSI Safe-T-Valve can shut off the gas to your home at any time with the push of a button. This is convenient in any emergency, if you're doing home repairs or going away on holidays.

- Experts like it. Shell Busey, of Shell Busey's HouseSmart Referral Network says, "The ASSI Safe-T-Valve is an easy and affordable way to protect your home in the event of an earthquake of other gas emergency. It's a worry-free solution."

The Terasen Gas website (Due to the length of this URL, it may be necessary to copy and paste this hyperlink into your Internet browser's URL address field - advises: "Properly installed and maintained, a seismic or gas detector system can automatically turn your gas off at the meter. This can be especially advantageous if you are not at home when an earthquake occurs."

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says, "If your home is heated by natural gas, use flexible pipe connections for gas appliances. Install a seismic-activated gas valve, which shuts off the gas during severe earthquakes."

- Peace of mind. Many homeowners don't know how to turn off their gas supply. A seismic gas safety valve automatically shuts off the gas in an earthquake, eliminating the danger even if you're away from home.

"Emergency preparedness means more than having an emergency kit with food and water," said Chris McConachie, president of Canadian Home Safety Products, the exclusive Canadian distributor of ASSI Safe-T-Valve, the only gas safety valve certified by the Canadian Standards Association. "For $300 you can get a seismic gas safety valve installed by a licensed contractor - and substantial protection for your family."

For more information on the ASSI Safe-T-Valve and emergency preparedness, visit


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