With the NHL Playoffs in full swing and the battle for the Stanley Cup starting to heat up, it might be a good time to take a look at our local rinks and one of the hazards that they may face on a daily basis. Even though the two teams in Southern California are out of the playoffs, local youth and recreational hockey has been sky rocketing. The last time hockey was this big, the Great One skated into town and made hockey in Southern California a major attraction and people swarmed, not only to watch, but also to play. Numbers have dropped off over the years, but now that the two local rival teams have won the coveted Stanley Cup and are major contenders year in and year out, the young hockey fans with dreams of scoring goals and celebrating with their hands high in the air are flocking to rinks across the always bright and sunny area of Southern California. Now, as parents enter these ice hockey rinks to watch their kids play they are dawning beanies and fur lined jackets in the middle of summer.
But what is keeping these large ice barns cold enough to allow these youngsters to glide from coast to coast on blades of steel? The same thing that cools down your house, refrigerant, but in much larger quantities. R22, R410A, and other refrigerants power chillers that pump cold air into these large facilities. This refrigerant is also pumped thru pipes below the ice to keep it frozen. On top of all of the cooling, a large gas powered truck, called a Zamboni is driven on the ice before each game to resurface the ice inside of these facilities.
Air quality safety organizations in Southern California are tasked with testing and regulating these facilities. Because of the harmful nature of these gases, rinks have been shut down and forced to comply with the safety regulations set by the state of California. These regulations are setup to keep people inside these rinks safe.
The George T. Hall Company and Honeywell are here to make sure that your local ice rink is perfectly safe. Together we offer gas detection and monitoring devices to ensure that all of the cooling units are operating in a safe and secure manner. Economizer and outside air ducting systems work in conjunction with these units to ventilate any harmful emissions that have the possibility of contaminating the air inside the rink.
So, now that you feel safe entering a building that is so unnaturally cold, it’s time to lace up your skates and enjoy one of the best things that Southern California has adopted from our Canadian brothers in the north.
Contact a GTH representative for more information.