6 March 2017

BC Safety Authority warns against unpermitted and potentially unsafe gas work

New Westminster, BC, March 6, 2017 – British Columbia Safety Authority (BCSA) is calling on homeowners, businesses, building and strata managers in Smithers, Kitimat, Terrace and Prince Rupert who may have had gas work performed by “Best Heating”, “Mercury Mechanical” or Masoud Bahrami to contact BCSA.

BCSA has identified numerous instances of unpermitted work by Mr. Bahrami resulting in potentially unsafe conditions related to gas appliances such as furnaces and hot water tanks. He currently does not possess a valid gas contractor’s licence and is not certified to perform any work related to gas appliances or equipment that is regulated by BCSA.

“We are asking the public to immediately contact us if you are aware of any work on gas appliances performed by “Best Heating”, “Mercury Mechanical” or Masoud Bahrami,” says Brad Wyatt, Provincial Gas Safety Manager with BCSA. “Improper work on gas appliances can result in risks such as fire or carbon monoxide poisoning. BCSA needs to be aware of any non-compliant or unsafe conditions that may have been created so we can assess these risks.”

BCSA cautions that other individuals who have no involvement in these events may also be named “Masoud Bahrami” or a similar name, and this notice is not a reflection of those individuals or businesses.

As a reminder, BCSA encourages home and business owners to only hire licensed and qualified contractors to perform regulated gas or electrical work. To help protect your safety and your investment, interview your contractor carefully and always ask them to show you valid permits for the work they are performing.

If you have any information regarding work performed by Masoud Bahrami, please call BCSA at 1-866-566-7233 (press 7) or email contact@safetyauthority.ca  immediately.

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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