Power Device Cartridges

Power Device Cartridges are explosives cartridges used in explosive powered tools such as powder-actuated nail guns. (Type C.2)

Acquisition

The acquisition, storage and sale of propellants and ammunition require a dwelling, a storage unit or an explosives licence depending on the quantity and type of explosives being handled. Any person handling explosives must be at least 18 years of age or older unless otherwise exempted by the Explosives Act and Regulations.

Storage for Use

Dwelling

A person may acquire and store up to 50 000 units of power device cartridges for use in a dwelling.

When power device cartridges are stored in a dwelling:

  1. they must be stored away from flammable substances and sources of ignition, in a manner that protects them from theft and ensures that access to them is limited to people authorized by the user.

Storage Unit

A person may acquire and store up to 50 000 units of power device cartridges for use in a storage unit.

When power device cartridges are stored in a storage unit:

  1. the storage unit must be located in a dry place, away from flammable substances and sources of ignition;
  2. the storage unit must be constructed and maintained to prevent  unauthorized access and to protect the contents from weather;
  3. if the storage unit is a container, it must not impede exit in case of fire;
  4. if the storage unit is not a container, all exits must be kept unobstructed;
  5. any shelving in the storage unit must be made from a non-sparking material (for example, wood or painted metal);
  6. nothing other than power device cartridges may be stored in the storage unit;
  7. the storage unit must be attended when it is unlocked;
  8. the storage unit must be kept clean, dry, organized and free of grit;
  9. any spill, leakage or other contamination in the storage unit must be cleaned up immediately;
  10. precautions that minimize the likelihood of fire in or near the storage unit must be taken; and
  11. a sign that displays the words “Danger — Fire Hazard/Risque d’incendie” in letters at least 10 cm high and that prohibits smoking using letters, or a symbol, at least 10 cm high must be posted on the storage unit in a clearly visible location.

Explosives Licence

A person may acquire and store greater than 50 000 units of power device cartridges for use in a magazine if they hold an explosives licence.

Storage for Sale

Dwelling

A person may acquire and store up to 50 000 kilograms units of power device cartridges for sale in a dwelling.

When power device cartridges are stored in a dwelling:

  1. they must be stored away from flammable substances and sources of ignition, in a manner that protects them from theft and ensures that access to them is limited to people authorized by the retailer.

Display for Sale

Power Device Cartridges displayed for sale must meet the following:

  1. Power device cartridges must not be displayed for sale in a dwelling.
  2. Power device cartridges that are displayed for sale in a sales establishment other than a dwelling must be kept behind a sales counter or locked up (for example, in a cabinet).
  3. Only people authorized by the retailer may have access to the area behind a sales counter.

Storage Unit

A person may acquire and store up to 150 000 units of power device cartridges for sale in a storage unit.

When power device cartridges are stored in a storage unit:

  1. the storage unit must be located in a dry place, away from flammable substances and sources of ignition;
  2. the storage unit must be constructed and maintained to prevent  unauthorized access and to protect the contents from weather;
  3. if the storage unit is a container, it must not impede exit in case of fire;
  4. if the storage unit is not a container, all exits must be kept unobstructed;
  5. any shelving in the storage unit must be made from a non-sparking material (for example, wood or painted metal);
  6. nothing other than power device cartridges may be stored in the storage unit;
  7. the storage unit must be attended when it is unlocked;
  8. the storage unit must be kept clean, dry, organized and free of grit;
  9. any spill, leakage or other contamination in the storage unit must be cleaned up immediately;
  10. precautions that minimize the likelihood of fire in or near the storage unit must be taken; and
  11. a sign that displays the words “Danger — Fire Hazard/Risque d’incendie” in letters at least 10 cm high and that prohibits smoking using letters, or a symbol, at least 10 cm high must be posted on the storage unit in a clearly visible location.

Explosives Licence

A person may acquire and store greater than 150 000 units of power device cartridges for sale in a magazine if they hold an explosives licence.