Tents Regulations (SOR/2016-185)

Regulations are current to 2017-11-20

Tents Regulations

SOR/2016-185

CANADA CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY ACT

Registration 2016-06-22

Tents Regulations

P.C. 2016-612 2016-06-21

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Health, pursuant to section 37 of the Canada Consumer Product Safety ActFootnote a, makes the annexed Tents Regulations.

Interpretation

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in these Regulations.

after-flame time

after-flame time means the length of time a wall and top material, tested in accordance with the procedure set out in section 3 of Schedule 1, continues to flame after the ignition source has been removed. (durée de combustion résiduelle)

CPAI-84

CPAI-84 means the Industrial Fabrics Association International standard CPAI-84, entitled A Specification for Flame-Resistant Materials Used in Camping Tentage (1995 Revision). (norme CPAI-84)

flooring material

flooring material means the fabric or other pliable material that constitutes the floor of a tent. (matériau pour sol)

sample unit

sample unit means

  • (a) in respect of flooring material, four specimens obtained as a result of following the method referred to in paragraphs 2(a) and (b) of Schedule 1; and

  • (b) in respect of wall and top material, eight specimens obtained as a result of following the method referred to in paragraphs 3(a) and (b) of Schedule 1. (unité d’échantillonnage)

tent

tent means a portable shelter made of fabric or other pliable material, such as a camping tent, an ice-fishing tent or a dining shelter, and includes a play tent, but excludes a tent subject to the National Building Code of Canada, 2010, issued by the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes, National Research Council of Canada, a canopy, an awning, a tarpaulin, a tent trailer and an air-supported structure. (tente)

wall and top material

wall and top material means the fabric or other pliable material that constitutes a tent, other than the flooring material. (matériau pour parois et toit)

Specifications

Marginal note:Flooring material

 When a sample unit of flooring material is prepared and tested in accordance with the procedures set out in Schedule 1, none of the specimens of the sample unit is to display any damage within 25 mm of the edge of the hole in the flattening frame.

Marginal note:Wall and top material

 When a sample unit of wall and top material is prepared and tested in accordance with the procedures set out in Schedule 1,

  • (a) none of the specimens of the sample unit is to have an after-flame time that exceeds four seconds and the average after-flame time of those specimens is not to exceed two seconds;

  • (b) the damaged length of each specimen of the sample unit and the average damaged length of those specimens are not to exceed the lengths set out in the table to this section; and

  • (c) none of the specimens of the sample unit is to have any portions that break, or residues that drip, from the specimen and that continue to flame after reaching the floor of the test cabinet.

TABLE

Column 1Column 2Column 3
ItemMass per Area of Specimen Being Tested (g/m2)Maximum Damaged Length of Each Specimen of the Sample Unit (mm)Maximum Average Damaged Length of Specimens of the Sample Unit (mm)
1Greater than 340255115
2271 to 340255140
3201 to 270255165
4136 to 200255190
551 to 135255215
6Less than 51255230

Labelling

Marginal note:Presentation and information

 A tent must have a label that is permanently affixed to it at a prominent location and that displays in a legible manner

  • (a) the following statement in upper case letters not less than 3 mm in height:

    WARNING: KEEP ALL FLAME AND HEAT SOURCES AWAY FROM THIS TENT FABRIC / MISE EN GARDE : TENIR LE TISSU DE CETTE TENTE LOIN DE TOUTE FLAMME ET DE TOUTE SOURCE DE CHALEUR;

  • (b) the following statement:

    This tent is made of flame-resistant fabric. It is not fireproof. The fabric will burn if left in continuous contact with a flame source. / Cette tente est fabriquée d’un tissu résistant au feu, mais qui n’est pas ininflammable. Ce tissu brûlera s’il est laissé en contact continu avec une source d’inflammation.; and

  • (c) the precautions set out in Schedule 2, or their equivalent, in English and French.

Repeal

 [Repeal]

Coming into Force

Marginal note:Registration

 These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are registered.

SCHEDULE 1(Sections 1 to 3)Procedures for Testing Tents

General Requirements for Testing

  • 1 A flame test must be performed

    • (a) under the standard atmospheric conditions specified in section 4.3.1 of CPAI-84, or immediately upon the removal of the specimen from such conditions; and

    • (b) when the specimen is in moisture equilibrium, within the meaning of section 4.3.2 of CPAI-84.

Test of Flooring Material

  • 2 The following method is to be used to determine the damage displayed by specimens of a sample unit of flooring material:

    • (a) from the flooring material, cut 12 specimens that meet the requirements set out in section 5.1 of CPAI-84;

    • (b) divide the specimens into three sample units, ensuring that, if the flooring material is woven, none of the specimens within a sample unit contains the same warp yarns, weft yarns or filaments as any other specimen in that sample unit;

    • (c) prepare one sample unit in accordance with the leaching procedure set out in sections 4.1.2 and 4.1.3 of CPAI-84;

    • (d) prepare another sample unit in accordance with the accelerated weathering procedure set out in section 4.2.2 of CPAI-84;

    • (e) test the three sample units in accordance with the flame test method set out in sections 5.2 and 5.4 of CPAI-84; and

    • (f) record, for each specimen, the shortest distance between the damaged area and the edge of the hole in the flattening frame.

Test of Wall and Top Material

  • 3 The following method is to be used to determine the after-flame time, the average after-flame time, the damaged length and the average damaged length of specimens of a sample unit of wall and top material:

    • (a) from the wall and top material, cut 24 specimens that meet the requirements set out in section 6.1 of CPAI-84;

    • (b) divide the specimens into three sample units, ensuring that, if the wall and top material is woven,

      • (i) each sample unit contains four specimens from the warp direction and four specimens from the weft direction, and

      • (ii) none of the specimens from the warp direction contains the same warp yarns or filaments as any other specimen from the warp direction and none of the specimens from the weft direction contains the same weft yarns or filaments as any other specimen from the weft direction;

    • (c) prepare one sample unit in accordance with the leaching procedure set out in sections 4.1.2 and 4.1.3 of CPAI-84;

    • (d) prepare another sample unit in accordance with the accelerated weathering procedure set out in section 4.2.2 of CPAI-84;

    • (e) determine the mass per area of the specimens to the nearest g/m2, using one specimen from the sample unit that has not been subjected to the leaching or accelerated weathering procedure;

    • (f) test the three sample units in accordance with the flame test method set out in sections 6.2 and 6.4 of CPAI-84, by replacing the loads for determining the damaged length that are set out in section 6.4.6.1 of that standard with those that are set out in the table to this section; and

    • (g) record

      • (i) the after-flame time of each specimen,

      • (ii) the average after-flame time of the specimens of each sample unit,

      • (iii) the damaged length of each specimen,

      • (iv) the average damaged length of the specimens of each sample unit, and

      • (v) the presence of any portions that break, or any residues that drip, from a specimen and that continue to flame after reaching the floor of the test cabinet.

TABLE

Column 1Column 2
ItemMass per Area of Specimen Being Tested (g/m2)Loads for Determining Damaged Length (g)
1Less than 10150
2101 to 200100
3201 to 340200
4Greater than 340300

SCHEDULE 2(Paragraph 4(c))Precautions

  • 1 The following precautions should be taken when camping:

    • (a) do not use candles, matches or open flames of any kind inside or near a tent;

    • (b) do not cook inside a tent;

    • (c) build campfires downwind and several metres away from a tent and be sure to fully extinguish campfires before leaving a campsite or before going to sleep;

    • (d) exercise extreme caution when using fuel-powered lanterns or heaters inside a tent and use battery-operated lanterns whenever possible;

    • (e) do not refuel lamps, heaters or stoves inside a tent;

    • (f) extinguish or turn off all lanterns before going to sleep;

    • (g) do not smoke inside a tent; and

    • (h) do not store flammable liquids inside a tent.

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