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Daniel Langlois

Daniel B. Langlois, CET, CFEI, a fire investigator with the Audits and Investigations Department of CSA International, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Daniel has been a member of the IAEI since 1991 and is currently the IAEI's Canadian Section secretary.


The Deadly Impact of Counterfeit Products

Caveat emptor: buyer beware! That designer watch or handbag might not hurt you but buy that discounted holiday light string or off-brand electrical equipment and you may live to regret it. Or worse yet, you may not.

Ask CSA: Electric Sauna Heaters

CSA International’s Corporate Audits and Investigations Group has investigated several fires over the years that were apparently caused by improperly installed electric sauna heaters. Most of the fires investigated were in residences; however, a few incidents occurred that involved commercial saunas.

Fire Investigation Involving Electrical Heating Cable

On August 1, 1998, at approximately 8 p.m., a fire occurred at a single storey, 2,400 sq. ft. log home in a rural area of Stouffville, Ontario. The log home was of main floor open concept design with three bedrooms and three bathrooms. It was originally built in 1964 making the home 34 years old at the time of the fire. The fire originated at the front area of the home directly above the front porch at the roof level.