SUN - ANSI Z21.88-CSA 2.33, Vented Gas Fireplace Heaters

Effective September 11, 2015

Standard Information
Standard Number:
ANSI Z21.88/CSA 2.33
Standard Name:
Vented Gas Fireplace Heaters
Standard Edition and Issue Date:
6th Edition Dated February 1, 2014
Date of Revisions:
February 1, 2014
Date of Previous Revisions to Standard:
5th Edition Dated December 18, 2012
 
Effective Date of New/Revised Requirements

Effective Date (see Schedule below): September 11, 2015

 
Impact, Overview, Fees and Action Required

Impact Statement: A review of all Listing Reports is necessary to determine which products comply with new/revised requirements and which products will require re-evaluation. NOTE: Effective immediately, this revised standard will be exclusively used for evaluation of new products unless the Applicant requests in writing that current requirements be used along with their understanding that their listings will be withdrawn on Effective Date noted above, unless the product is found to comply with new/revised requirements.

Overview of Changes:
(Specific details of new/revised requirements are found in table below)

  • Modified the existing instruction manual statements and the boxed warning statements.
  • Modified the existing appliance label.
  • Added requirements for protective barriers constructed of glass.
  • Added requirements for protective barriers not made of glass.
  • Add requirements to evaluate the structural integrity of a protective barrier.
  • Add requirements for the construction of the decorative trim surrounding a protective barrier.

Schedule: So that shipping of products with Listing Marks will not be interrupted, an approximate schedule has been established to ensure Listing Reports are found compliant by Effective Date:

  • February 2, 2015 = 7-8 Month Report Review – Intertek will review all Reports. Update if compliance is verified or issue Findings Letter/Quote for any re-evaluations needed
  • March 9, 2015 = 6 Month Quote Cut-off – Quotes returned for necessary re-evaluations
  • August 10, 2015 = 30 Day Warning – Client advised of all non-compliant Reports to be Suspended
  • September 11, 2015 = Effective Date – ATM Suspended for all non-compliant Reports

Fees: An initial review of Listing Report (s) will be covered by a direct billing project and will be invoiced at not more than $1000 per report.

Client Action Required:

Information – To assist our engineer with review of your Listing Reports, please submit technical information in response to the new/revised paragraphs noted in the attached or explain why these new/revised requirements do not apply to your product (s).

Current Listings Not Active? – Please immediately identify any current Listing Reports or products that are no longer active and should be removed from our records. We will do this at no charge as long as Intertek is notified in writing prior to the review of your reports.

 
Description of New/Revised Technical Requirements
ClauseVerdictComment
4.33.1 

Modify the existing instruction manual boxed warning statements
Note: Additions to existing requirements are underlined and deletions are shown lined out below.

The front cover or, in the absence of a cover, the first page shall bear the following statements. They shall be boxed as shown:

WARNING: If the information in these instructions are not followed exactly. a fire or explosion may result causing property damage, personal injury or loss of life.
FIRE OR EXPLOSION HAZARD
Failure to follow safety warnings exactly could result in serious injury, death, or property damage.

— Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance.
— WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS

  • Do not try to light any appliance
  • Do not touch any electrical switch; do not use any phone in your building
  • Leave the building immediately
  • Immediately call your gas supplier from a neighbor’s phone. Follow the gas supplier’s instructions
  • If you cannot reach your gas supplier, call the fire department.

— Installation and service must be performed by a qualified installer, service agency or the gas supplier.

  

For a direct vent gas appliance for recreational vehicle installation:

WARNING: If the information in this manual is not followed exactly, a fire or explosion may result causing property damage, personal injury or death.
FIRE OR EXPLOSION HAZARD
Failure to follow safety warnings exactly could result in serious injury, death, or property damage.

— Do not store or use gasoline or other flammable vapors and liquids in the vicinity of this or any other appliance.
— WHAT TO DO IF YOU SMELL GAS

  • Do not try to light any appliance.
  • Evacuate all persons from the vehicle immediately.
  • Shut off the gas supply at the gas container or source.
  • Do not touch any electrical switch or use any phone or radio in the vehicle.
  • Do not start the vehicle’s engine or electric generator.
  • Contact the nearest gas supplier or qualified service technician for repairs.
  • If you cannot reach your gas supplier, or qualified technician, contact the nearest fire department.
  • Do not turn on the gas supply un# l the gas leak(s) has been repaired.

— Installation and service must be performed by a qualified installer, service agency or the gas supplier.

4.33.1 and 4.34.7 

For a glass-fronted gas appliance where the temperature of the glass outside surface exceeds the limits specified in Clause 5.14.4, the following graphic danger and statement shall be shown on the instructions and on a Class IIIA-2 Permanent Label.

Note: This graphic modifies the existing appliance label by changing the word “Warning” to “Danger”, and adds the wording; “for the protection of children and other at-risk individuals.”

4.33.3d 

Modify the existing instruction manual statements with additional wording to define the populations that are the prime focus for protection.
Note: Additions to existing requirements are underlined

d) For appliances requiring a barrier, as determined under Clause 5.14.4:

  1. "A barrier designed to reduce the risk of burns from the hot viewing glass is provided with this appliance and shall be installed for the protection of children and other at-risk individuals.
  2. “If the barrier becomes damaged, the barrier shall be replaced with the manufacturer's barrier for this appliance."
5.15 

Burn hazard potential

A vented gas fireplace heater shall comply with Clause 5.15.1 or 5.15.2 in order to determine the burn hazard potential for the external surfaces of the glass viewing area, barriers made of glass, or barriers other than glass.

5.15.1 

Newly add requirements for measuring the burn hazard potential of the touchable surfaces of a protective barrier constructed of glass.

Temperatures of the glass viewing area or the barrier made of glass, when tested in accordance with the following Method of Test, shall not exceed 172 °F (78 °C).

5.15.3 

Add requirements to evaluate the structural integrity of a protective barrier, not made of glass, and to evaluate the burn hazard potential resulting from the deformation of the barrier.

A barrier other than glass shall be tested with the appliance in accordance with the Method of the Test described In clause 5.15.3

5.15.4 

Newly add requirements for the construction of the decorative trim surrounding a protective barrier and provide a test method for measuring the burn hazard of these touchable surfaces.

Decorative structural elements integral to the barrier, which are located over the glass viewing area, shall comply with the temperature requirements under Clause 5.26.1(a) and (b), Surface temperatures provided:

  1. decorative structural elements shall cover no more than 5 percent of the surface area over the glass viewing area; and
  2. the maximum width of a decorative framework element shall not exceed 0.75 in (19.05 mm).

CUSTOMERS PLEASE NOTE: This Table and column “Verdict” can be used in determining how your current or future production is or will be in compliance with new/revised requirements.