The Caravan Industry Association of Australia has released a memo reminding industry leaders of the standards regarding gas installations for RVs.
A Technical Bulletin published in November 2019 outlined the requirement details for gas appliances connected to a bayonet filling, particularly having a flame safeguard system, according to a news release.
The memo said flame safeguard systems are a safety fallback device to protect a user from fire when operating an appliance. It instantly cuts the gas supply if the flame on a burner blows out, stopping a build-up of gas in the appliance interior and gas valves.
The system may not fix the issue of burners blowing out. Still, it can help prevent fires and keep users safe from potentially dangerous situations, allowing them to use the appliance to resume quickly and safely without a gas build-up.
AS/NZS 5601.2 Clause 6.4 states that all appliances shall be fitted with flame safeguard systems for all burners. The note to this clause clarifies that this requirement also applies to appliances connected to quick-connect devices, such as gas bayonets.
Gas Authorities have confirmed that when a BBQ is connected to a bayonet, it is deemed part of the installation, so must have the same safety features as an installed appliance.
The industry has also identified that several popular BBQs used within the Caravan Industry do not have the required flame safeguard systems, particularly Weber Q and Ziggy brands.
Manufacturers and dealers are reminded that any appliance supplied within an RV must have the required safety features. It applies regardless of whether the BBQ is installed or provided separately and needs to be considered in any package deals, such as dealer or show specials.
In order to be compliant with the gas standard AS/NZS 5601.2, a manufacturer or dealer must ensure that any gas appliance you provide with your Recreational Vehicle has flame safeguard systems on all burners.
The memo also reminds the user that outdoor domestic BBQs connected directly to a gas cylinder do not require a flame failure device. However, it is important to know that these appliances are not approved for use with a gas bayonet fitting.