A group of students chat in a communal kitchen in student accommodation. Universities often use Airis to prevent fires

Prevent Fires in Student Accommodation

Reduce false alarms and prevent fires in student accommodation with Airis. With Airis, kitchen fires and fire alarm activations in student accommodation can be a thing of the past without taking away from the student experience.

Airis Prevents Fires Intelligently

Airis uses a unique patented temperature measurement technique to accurately measure the temperature of pans on a hob.

Measuring the temperature of the pan is difficult because different materials radiate differently. In fact, when a simple infrared thermometer is used, a stainless steel pan at 100C might be read as 50C. Airis is the only device that overcomes this problem.

Find out how Airis can do what other devices cannot

Protect students from fires and smoke

Airis is widely deployed in thousands of UK student kitchens, both in private developments and in university accommodation. Fitting Airis is now established practice across many universities and private student accommodation providers, both for new developments and during refurbishments.

Students are widely recognised as a high-risk category for cooking incidents due to lack of experience and the likelihood of being distracted. This risk can be exacerbated by the use of alcohol and recreational drugs.

Prevents fires – does not wait for them

Reduces the risk of toxic smoke inhalation

Avoids false alarms and sprinkler system activations

Advanced building management, data reporting and cloud functions*

*Airis Cloud available when using Airis Sense WiFi

Airis is extremely reliable

Since early 2018, we have supplied many customers, all with several hundred Airis systems each, and we are pleased to say that not a single customer has ever had to return more than one unit, if any!

Airis is designed to work for a minimum of 15 years and is made in a factory that specialises in high build quality. This encompasses automated state-of-the-art quality testing of the production processes, integrated with quality management. Unicook has visited the factory and inspected the end-to-end process first-hand. Each Multisensor and PCU assembly is electronically examined at many stages, culminating in a test at maximum load.

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Airis prevents fires in student accommodation as well as the activation of other fire safety systems

Prevention of false alarms, evacuation and sprinkler system damage

With Airis, students experience fewer false alarms because Airis prevents fire and smoke. It only intervenes if a pan gets dangerously hot, boils dry, or if burning food is detected on the stove top.

Management time is reduced as investigations and evacuations are prevented.

Renewed sensitivity to real alarms

Airis prevents the dangerous build-up of ‘alarm immunity’ that can develop when fire alarms are frequent. This immunity was cited as a factor in delaying the evacuation during the Bolton student accommodation fire in November 2019.

Genuine fire prevention

Older technology such as heat sensors, sprinkler systems, suppression hoods and smoke alarms don’t prevent fires – they wait for a fire to start. Airis acts even before significant smoke is generated, all without affecting normal, safe cooking activity.

Vital fire safety for studio apartments

Airis is exceptionally valuable for protecting students from asphyxiation in studio apartments.

Heat sensors do not detect dangerous levels of smoke and combined heat and smoke sensors react only when the fire has started, when it’s too late.

Using Airis to reduce false alarms and stop fires in student kitchens

Airis enables students to cook with a dramatically reduced risk of fire and smoke, thereby preventing the majority of fire alarm activations. Airis Sense WiFi also enables remote alarm features via Airis Cloud, which can be invaluable for on-site staff.

Fire prevention and cost savings for student accommodation providers

By acting before a fire or significant smoke is produced, there are many ways in which Airis saves time and money.

Eliminating management time in inspections, evacuation and reporting following a fire alarm activation

Avoiding repairs and insurance claims due to fire and/or smoke damage

Avoiding disruption to students’ sleep, studies and daily life

Preventing damage caused by water leaks

Preventing water damage from sprinkler systems

Preventing fire service call-outs

Avoiding the cost of temporary rehousing of students following a kitchen fire

Avoiding redecoration and the need to ventilate a building following smoke damage or the use of extinguishing equipment

Avoiding damage to and loss of belongings

Airis – a case study in Student Accommodation

Over 1000 Airis units are installed at the Universities of Surrey and Leicester. With their cooperation, we were able to retrieve data collected over a period of several months from around 20 kitchens at each university, with a mix of ceramic and metal plate type cookers/hobs each university. The chart illustrates the positive effect of Airis.

The frequency of Airis interventions was consistently around double for metal plate hobs than for other types. This is likely to be down to the slow response time in heating and cooling which is characteristic of this type of stove.

In some kitchens, Airis intervened in as many as 13% of cooking sessions. It is important to note that while Airis will not interrupt normal safe cooking, it can often detect when a pan has boiled dry or food has started to burn. Airis, therefore, intervenes to prevent a kitchen filling with smoke and prevents damage to hobs and pans, well before a dangerous situation develops.