Ontario Adopts Lightning Rod Act

Ontario Adopts Lightning Rod Act

The Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, Can., adopted on January 2, 1922, “An Act to Regulate the Sale and Installation cf Lightning Rods for the Province of Ontario,” and the Fire Marshal’s office of the Province has issued a useful and neatly printed booklet in flexible covers, containing a compendium of the Act, the Lightning Rod Act itself and Rules and Regulations, prescribing standardization of equipment and methods of installation under the Lightning Rod Act.

The act provides for the licensing of all manufacturers and others selling lightning rods, subject to the approval of the fire marshal of the province. The fire marshal shall approve of (a) material or apparatus; (b) manner and system of installation and (c) a guarantee agreement to be filed with him providing for the return of money paid for rodding of building to customer, in case of danger by lightning, if claim is made within thirty days after damage.

The person or corporation so licensed must file a bond with the fire marshal to cover any judgment for default of payment of fees or tax. The fee provided for the sale of lightning rods is $50, and a tax of 80 cents on each $100 received for their sale.

Agents are required to be residents of the Province of Ontario and must pay a fee of $3. Manufacturers and agents must on completion of work give to the purchaser a certificate in writing setting forth that the installation has been made in full conformity with the provision of the act. Holders of the guarantee may sue for any damage from lightning due to installation of lightning rods in contravention of provisions of the act.

The fee and taxes paid are to be added to the special fund for the maintenance of the fire marshal’s office.

The Lieutenant-Governor-in-Council is empowered to make regulations, (a) establishing standards and prescribing materials and apparatus, (b) for manner of installing, and (c) for enforcing provisions of the act.

Rules and Regulations

These rules and regulations are very comprehensive and are arranged under the heads of Conductors, Couplings and Connectors, Fasteners and Supports, Air Terminals, Air Terminal Rods, Aerial Terminal Supports, Ground Terminals, Earth Resistance of Ground Connections, Measuring the Resistance of Earth Connections, Metal Roofed and Steel Framed Buildings, Electrical and Mechanical Work, Exposed Wires, Protection of Live Stock in the Field, Protection of Grain Elevators and Warehouses from Lightning, Metal Clad Elevators and Warehouses, and Protection of Oil Tanks from Lightning.

The division of the regulations showing “Typical Installations” is particularly useful, there being figures and diagrams showing method of each installation of the rod and connections, including elevators, manufactories, residences, farms, tanks and many others, and with short descriptive text under each illustration. The final section shows authorized forms of manufacturer’s license, agent’s license, guarantee agreement, etc. The rules and regulations are copiously illustrated with diagrams, and line cuts, there being in all twenty figures.

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