Butane burners are returning to shelves following the extensive product recall in March this year.
Sitro Group’s Gasmate has been the first brand to return.
Sitro Group GM Nick Di Pietrantonio says although the new burners look very similar to the previous models, internal changes have been made to ensure the products meet revised standards set by the Australian Gas Association (AGA).
AGA Managing Director Chris Wealthy says a working group has been established to develop improved safety requirements for the burners, but as this will take time, interim measures have been introduced in order to get products back on sale.
These interim measures include more stringent temperature hazard testing requirements, dual over-pressure safety devices, and covers to prevent external interference of the over-pressure release mechanism.
Though new products are slowly returning to the marketplace, the dangers of these portable burners are still very real.
Two men were injured near Rockhampton on September 4 when their portable gas burner exploded. Both men suffered facial burns.
It has since been confirmed the product was part of the safety recall earlier this year.
Those who own old model butane burners have been urged to check their unit’s serial number against the recalled products to ensure that it’s safe to use.
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