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National Electricity Month in Canada is this Month!

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National Electricity Month #NEM

June is National Electricity Month, and here at Civic Recycling, we are proud to supply equipment across Canada that powers you! As you may well know we supply a wide range of circuit breakers, panels, transformers, fuses and general electrical supplies. With brands like Cutler-Hammer, Federal Pioneer Electric and Siemens you can be sure both our new and tested reconditioned equipment will last.

The Canadian Electricity Association posted an article in this about this special month, we really enjoyed the following:

“Electricity is the backbone of the Canadian economy – it powers everything from household appliances to medical technology, smart phones, computers, to bank machines, businesses, and stores…the CEA hopes to foster a national conversation on the value of electricity, stimulating and informing the discussion about the choices that need to be made today if Canada is to maintain a reliable, affordable, and sustainable electricity grid.”

So let’s all celebrate this month by sharing a little love for electricity and the equipment that delivers it to us. Creating a sustainable and innovative future for the grid is also important. We talked about this topic in a previous article titled Electric Innovation and Action in Canada.


 

June is National Electricity Month in Canada and at Civic Recycling

 

We also wanted to share a quick video via PowerfortheFuture.ca

View it here:

http://powerforthefuture.ca/2016/06/june-is-national-electricity-month/

Electricity has been powering progress for over 125 years and tomorrow’s economy will be built on a solid foundation of clean, sustainable growth. Growth that will drive new technologies; increase productivity, and create jobs for Canadians. Growth that will be powered by safe, reliable, sustainable Canadian Electricity. – CEA

 

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Electrical Safety: The Top 5 Points you Need to Know

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Civic Recycling offers new and reconditioned electrical equipment. Our certified technicians follow our rigorous testing standards on all reconditioned products. Safety is our top priority and so we have put together some information to keep you safe.

Electrical safety is critical both at home and at work. Here, we look at 5 top considerations to enhance your safety.

Electrical Safety: Use sockets with tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles

The National Electrical Code (NEC) requires that all buildings constructed or renovated after 2008 have tamper-resistant (TR) receptacles. TR receptacles are special devices with spring-loaded shutters that close off the contact openings of the receptacles. Because both springs need to be compressed before the shutters can open, electrocutions resulting from accidental insertion of a conducting material into one contact opening can be minimized.

Ensure that your home has ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs)

When there is a break in the grounding path of a low-resistance current, the current can take an alternative path to the ground through the user. This is called a ground fault. Ground faults are common and have resulted in severe injuries and even deaths in the past. Ground Fault Current Interrupters (GFCIs) are lightning-quick circuit breakers used to cut off such faults.

Protect your electrical outlets with Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)

Replacement receptacles should be arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) protected. An AFCI is an electrical safety device that helps to prevent fires.  It resembles a GFCI in the sense that both devices have test buttons and a reset button. The main difference, however, is that GFCIs are designed to protect people from getting electrocuted whereas AFCIs are meant to prevent fires.

Be extra careful with transformers

Transformers must be carefully tested before installation and continuously monitored thereafter. Make sure that there is no continuity (electrical leakage) between the primary and secondary coil. Also, ensure that there is no leakage between the power cord and any metal external parts such as the rivets. Most transformers are equipped with circuit breakers for additional safety.

Use only tested devices that meet industry quality standards

The design and manufacture of electrical devices is guided by certain industry standards. The Canadian Electrical Code or CE code develops and maintains these standards. Our neighbours to the South follow the National Electric Code and the National Fire Protection Association. Electrical components that fail to meet these standards might expose you to unnecessary danger. Civic Recycling certifications meet and often exceed the standards set out by PEARL (Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League), NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and NETA (InterNational Electrical Testing Association).

All Civic Recycling electric devices; from circuit breakers to transformers, and fuses to motor controls, are tested to the highest standards to ensure that they are not only safe but very reliable.

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We Carry Obselete Brands just for you!

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“If it ain’t broke don’t fix it” can be valuable advice to any enterprise trying to keep a close eye on business expenditures, but if it is broken, you’ll want it fixed in the most efficient way possible. For older electrical equipment that has performed well into old-age but is now showing signs of fatigue and is maybe halfway to the bone yard, the first idea for getting things back to normal may be replacement. Replacement of your older systems with new, higher-tech (albeit more expensive) equipment, though, is only one potential solution. An alternative would be to fix existing equipment back to proper working order, if possible. At Civic Recycling we carry Obselete Brands!

Reconditioned as Good as New

Why replace an entire system when only small parts of it are giving you trouble? Repairing instead of replacing is almost always the less expensive route to take. It takes less time and money to replace a single bad breaker with a high-quality (though obsolete) reconditioned one than it takes to replace an entire panel. In addition, having access to lightning-quick service like we provide here at Civic Recycling can save an operation a great deal of down time, providing more savings.

What’s It Going to Take?

If you’re dealing with equipment that’s gone out-of-date or been discontinued, proper parts can be difficult to locate/obtain. That’s where a specialist dealing in obsolete electrical equipment becomes so important. Finding obsolete parts like circuit breakers from Bulldog, Sylvania, Commander, CEB, Westinghouse, Cutler-Hammer, GE, ITE, Square D, Siemens and Taylor is certainly possible, especially for someone able to surf the Internet for potential providers. Once your item has been found, however, it’s critical that you ensure it’s been properly refurbished, tested and certified to perform as it should. A written guarantee is also a plus. Our surplus supply will make sure you always have what you need.

Consult the Certified Specialists in New and Used Electrical Equipment

Being certified in reconditioning and testing used, obsolete equipment is no small deal. Our technicians are PEARL-certified. This sets us apart from all our Canadian competitors. PEARL, the Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League, is approved by ANSI, the American National Standards Institute, setting regulatory standards longer than anyone, as an accredited Standards Developer.

Our technicians are trained and experienced in totally reconditioning used and obsolete breakers, repairing where needed, testing, certifying and then guaranteeing each unit we sell for a year’s time. When you need new and used electrical equipment, think of being civic and, when possible, recycling! Call us.

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CANADIAN ELECTRICAL CODE CHANGES YOU NEED TO KNOW

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The Standards Council of Canada or SCC has accredited changes for approved electrical equipment in Canada. The changes have taken effect this year (2015) and the changes affect the electrical industry nationally, regionally and internationally. Electric standardization helps boost Canada’s competitiveness and safeguard the health and safety of its citizens.

If you want to get technical the following article outlines the revisions and new installation requirements. Deliberations of the changes have ended but general debates continue, what do you think?

http://electricalindustry.ca/latest-news/641-2015-ce-code-changes-on-approved-electrical-equipment

The Canadian Electrical Code and Standardization

Standardization is important, here is an excerpt from the above article…

“Standards development is extremely important and recognizing those standards that have been in use for decades to certify equipment now allows the electrical industry to fully understand the scope of what goes into certified equipment.  The process of standards development is intended to deliver standards that will:

• Advance the national economy;

• Support sustainable development;

• Benefit the health, safety and welfare of workers and the public;

• Assist and protect consumers;

• Facilitate domestic and international trade; and

• Further international cooperation in relation to standardization”


Here at Civic Recycling we want to keep you up to date with news from the electrical industry and facts that help you make informed decisions. Such as Canadian Electrical Codes and topics that affect you and your business. Do you want to see us write about a specific topic? Let us know what you would like to see us blog about.


Read some of our previous posts below:

Reconditioned Circuit breakers: Are they safe?

Civic Recycling has PEARL Certified Technicians

Electric Innovation and Action in Canada

Thanks for reading about Canadian Electrical Code changes. We make sure we are up to date on the changing landscape in Canada. Civic Recycling is also a part of PEARL (Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League), NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association), IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and NETA (InterNational Electrical Testing Association).

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