Q. How should I clean my Fox 40 Pealess Whistle?
A. For best performance, occasionally wash your Fox 40 whistle with a simple water and vinegar solution. Although Fox 40 Pealess Whistles have no moving parts to freeze, jam or deteriorate, we recommend regular cleaning of your whistle for hygienic purposes.
Q. Do Fox 40 Mouthguards contain latex? Can they be used with braces?
A. All of Fox 40 Mouthguards are latex-free. We recommend custom-fit mouthguards from your orthodontist for use with braces.
Q. My electronic whistle isn't making any sound, is it the battery?
A. Occasionally the battery in the Fox 40 Electronic Whistle doesn't connect
properly with the contacts inside the unit, resulting in no sound or power.
There is a simple solution - bending out the strikers and installing the battery
again. The unit should work properly once this adjustment is made.
Q. Is there a correct way to blow a Fox 40 Pealess Whistle?
A. Most people don't realize there is a "correct" way to blow a whistle! Click here to see Fox 40 President Dave Foxcroft, a Canadian Professional Football League referee, explain the proper way to blow a Fox 40 whistle to maximize it's power.
Q. Do Fox 40 whistles or any other products contain BPA?
A. Fox 40 would like to assure our customers that the components used in manufacturing Fox 40 whistles are free of Bisphenol A (BPA).
Our whistles are made from 100% Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, or ABS.
Neither Health Canada nor Environment Canada has provided any specific regulations or guidance to sellers, manufacturers or retailers with respect to BPA. Fox 40, therefore, took it upon ourselves to ensure that our products are free of the element. We had a independent research firm confirm the process in which our whistles are made, stored and packaged doesn't allow the opportunity to intentionally introduce BPA in our products.
Fox 40 Product Material Information
Fox 40 Whistles
- ABS Plastic (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)
- No Latex content
Fox 40 Mouthguards
- EVA Plastic (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate)
- No Latex content
Fox 40 Marine Products
- HDPE (High Density Polyethylene)
Fox 40 Coaching Boards
- HIPS (High Impact Polystyrene)
- Ammonium Sulphate (non-hazardous and non-toxic)
To ensure the products we sell are safe and meet proper standards and regulations, we have developed a comprehensive product certification and standards compliance program. All products are reviewed and approved and each supplier is required to complete our supplier compliance documentation.
Q. What is ISO, and what are the ISO Standards for Fox 40 Whistles?
A. Fox 40 Pealess Whistles meet International Standards ISO 12402-8, category Personal Flotation Devices - Accessories.
Whistles shall be non-metallic and robust in construction, free from all burrs, and shall not rely on any moving part for the production of sound. They shall comply with the relevant material requirements as specified in ISO 12402-7.
The attachment and the cord of the whistle shall withstand a static load of (200 +50/0) N when tested in accordance with 5.4.
Three specimens shall be tested by being blown as hard as possible by a subject of between 20 years and 30 years of age and free from all know impairments to pulmonary function, in an outside and open area during calm clear weather. The sound generated shall be shown at least at an instant to have exceeded 100 dB(A) measuring a distance of (5 ± 0,1) m directly in front of the whistle. The predominant frequency shall be (2 ± 1) kHz and shall be multi-tone.
The whistle shall also be shown to be capable of producing sound in air immediately following immersion in fresh water. The whistle shall be attached to cord or line of a length sufficient to permit its use, which shall in turn be attached securely to the lifejacket or buoyancy aid. It shall be stowed on the device in such a way that the performance of the lifejacket is not affected, but so that it can be removed for use with either hand of the wearer, and can be stowed by the wearer. Whistles complying with this part of ISO 12402 shall be marked with an exclusive permanent identifying marking that can be traced to conformance with this part of ISO 12402.
Reference Number ISO 12402-8:2006(E)
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer
and publisher of International Standards.
ISO is a network of the national standards institutes of 164 countries, one member per
country, with a Central Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, that coordinates the system.
ISO is a non-governmental organization that forms a bridge between the public and private sectors. On the one hand, many of its member institutes are part of the governmental structure of their countries, or are mandated by their government. On the other hand, other members have their roots uniquely in the private sector, having been set up by national partnerships of industry associations.
ISO enables a consensus to be reached on solutions that meet both the requirements of business and the broader needs of society.
More information - www.iso.org
Q. What is SOLAS?
A. The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) is an international maritime safety treaty. It ensures that ships flagged by signatory States comply with minimum safety standards in construction, equipment and operation. The SOLAS Convention in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships.
The main objective of the SOLAS Convention is to specify minimum standards for the construction, equipment and operation of ships, compatible with their safety. Flag States are responsible for ensuring that ships under their flag comply with its requirements, and a number of certificates are prescribed in the Convention as proof that this has been done. Control provisions also allow Contracting Governments to inspect ships of other Contracting States if there are clear grounds for believing that the ship and its equipment do not substantially comply with the requirements of the Convention - this procedure is known as port State control.The current SOLAS Convention includes Articles setting out general obligations, amendment procedure and so on, followed by an Annex divided into 12 Chapters.
The SOLAS Convention in its successive forms is generally regarded as the most important of all international treaties concerning the safety of merchant ships. The first version was adopted in 1914, in response to the Titanic disaster. The 1974 Convention has been updated and amended on numerous occasions. The Convention in force today is sometimes referred to as SOLAS, 1974, as amended.
More information - www.imo.org
Q. How do I apply for a donation or sponsorship from Fox 40?
A. Fox 40 International Inc. [herein "Fox 40"] and its affiliated companies receive dozens of unsolicited requests for sponsorship or marketing-related support each month. It is important to note that Fox 40 and its affiliated companies are unable to provide support to all requests for any kind of individual gift, religious or political purposes, capital campaigns, sponsorship advertising, research programs, endowments and any for profit ventures. Unsolicited proposals are reviewed, but rarely funded. If you would like Fox 40 to review your proposal, please use the following guidelines:
Fax your proposal with the subject "Sponsorship/Donation Request" at 905-578-5646 or e-mail your request to with the subject "Sponsorship/Donation Request". Complete mailing address and contact name MUST be in written or e-mailed correspondence.
Fox 40 must receive all requests at least six months in advance of your event/program.
Applicants must have an official charitable registration number issued by the Government of Canada (if applicable) and be able to issue a tax receipt.
The proposal must contain background history of the individual or organization.
What specifically is being asked of Fox 40 (funding, product, etc).
Any relevant timelines that may apply. Only proposals meeting the above requirements are reviewed and a written response sent.
Not all requests will receive a reply.
Please note, if you are looking for individual athletic sponsorship, Fox 40 is unable to provide sponsorship for any athlete who still has their amateur status. Sponsorship or product donations to non-professional athletes can jeopardize an individual's NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) eligibility. The NCAA rules and regulations may be viewed at http://www.ncaa.org/. Fox 40 will however review individual and team athletic sponsorships for athletes not competing at a College or University level.
Fox 40 International Inc. and its affiliated companies donate each year to charities across Canada, USA and around the world. Fox 40 is involved in many organizations and associations benefitting under-privileged children, developmental athletic programs, and sponsorships promoting our industries and our community.
Q. Does a Fox 40 Whistle Cause Hearing Damage?
A. Reality is, everyone's noise exposure is different at varying times in their life and everyone's hearing levels differ. As reported by the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, a contributing factor to hearing loss may be a sustained whistle blow of 48 seconds directly into a person’s ears at a decibel level exceeding 106 dB. Therefore, In order for a Fox 40 whistle to cause damage it must be a continuous sustained blow for the 48 seconds directly into the ear, which is an impossible feat. An average Fox 40 whistle blow is half a second! It is common knowledge that short blasts that allow the ear drum to rest between blasts will not cause damage. Therefore, unless you're blowing the whistle continuously into your own ears for 48 seconds, the whistle should not cause harm.
Notice to referees - Other factors such as stadium noise which includes, crowd noise and music and a person's age are the real factors that will cause hearing damage and the perceived "referees ear".
Fox 40 whistles are designed to give the ear a break - those other factors do not. Since 1987, we have clearly stated on our packaging,
“Do not blow a Fox 40 Whistle directly in a person’s ear”. The natural design of our Fox 40 whistles takes the sound away from the user's ear so that is a warning to the user not to blow it into someone else's ear. In addition whistles are designed with differing tones to allow for smaller or larger facilities. Noise cancellation devices offer a customized noise-exposure for those concerned about stadium noise.
Bottom line - Fox 40 whistles allow for resting of the ear drum between blasts so damage will not occur. Other noise, like the loud music of your car radio, does not. A referee should not be in a position to continuously use his whistle for 48 seconds. In our humour of officiating, if a referee ever blows 96 penalties in 48 seconds then he should give up reffing.