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Warning: mobile homes company not up to certification standards

October 23, 2013 - 1:18 PM

British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) today issued a province-wide call for any owners or occupants of mobile homes manufactured by Riske Creek Manufacturing Ltd. (www.riskecreekparkmodels.com) and its principal, Andy Tower, to contact BCSA immediately.

BCSA has identified numerous instances of mobile homes being sold by Riske Creek and Andy Tower that do not comply with gas or electrical certification standards and may be hazardous for occupants. Riske Creek and Andy Tower are prohibited from using the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) label, which is required to demonstrate compliance with safety codes.

BCSA has issued numerous orders to Riske Creek and Andy Tower to disclose all uncertified units sold, but these orders have not been complied with and are currently the subject of various enforcement proceedings. Riske Creek trailers have been found with unauthorized CSA labels affixed and, in some cases, no CSA labels at all - in either case the required safety certification is not present.

"We are asking the public to immediately contact us if you are aware of any Riske Creek trailer models," said Wayne Lock, Provincial Gas Safety Manager with BCSA. "Uncertified installation of gas appliances creates risks such as fire or carbon monoxide poisoning which can be fatal." Risk of fire or electrical shock is also present in the trailers which lack electrical certification.

"Based on the hazards and number of uncertified trailers discovered to date, there is an urgent need for occupants of these trailers to have the gas and electrical equipment assessed for safety by qualified gas and electrical contractors," said Lock. "Contacting BCSA is the first step in seeking options to determine if your Riske Creek trailer is safe for occupation."

How to report Riske Creek trailers to the BC Safety Authority:

If you have any information regarding the existence of any trailer manufactured or sold by Riske Creek or Andy Tower, please email info@safetyauthority.ca or call BCSA at 1-866-566-7233.

About BC Safety Authority

BC Safety Authority is an independent, self-funded organization mandated to oversee the safe installation and operation of technical systems and equipment. In addition to issuing permits, licences and certificates, it works with industry to reduce safety risks through assessment, education and outreach, enforcement, and research.

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