This week, we have some exciting news to share – the Airis-C, a ceiling-mounted stove guard, is now available.

Airis-C

Known in other countries as the Aurora, the Airis-C works in much the same way as the Airis; it consists of a sensor unit, and a control unit. The sensor communicates with the controller and vice-versa, reporting on several metrics in real-time, allowing for the detection of risk while simultaneously checking that the unit is functioning normally and that it’s been installed correctly.

The key difference between the Airis-C and Airis is the new installation possibilities that a ceiling-mounted solution creates. The Airis sensor is mounted on the cooker hood, or on the wall above and behind the stove. This is suitable for the majority of stoves. If your cooker is situated within an island in the middle of the kitchen though, the options become more limited, and the lack of a cooker hood in this situation means installing an Airis is not possible at all.

The Airis-C has a remote control for resetting the power when a ‘near miss’ has occurred. This makes the Airis-C ideal for elderly people who may have impaired mobility, as they don’t need to reach the sensor to reset the power.

Help from above

The Airis-C stove guard completely removes the need to consider the site of the cooker. It is capable of functioning in a broad range of situations, because it has a wide angle of detection. This means it does not need to be directly above the stove, and can be sited to one side of it as well. It can even be mounted on angled ceilings!

Airis-C sensor
The Airis-C looks very similar to a smoke detector

Practicalities aside, for some the Airis-C will be a preferred option simply due to aesthetic considerations – it leaves the cooker hood or wall devoid of a sensor. It also looks much like a conventional smoke or CO (Carbon Monoxide) detector. For the user, this means a familiar environment.

Airis and Airis-C can be found on Amazon here.

After all, who looks at the ceiling, anyway?

In March 2015, the European Commission’s European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation announced the new European stove guard Standard BS EN 50615. The BS EN 50615 standard was designed to help consumers identify effective cooking safety products. Airis falls under Category B of the standard: Prevention of Ignition. Airis fully meets the requirements of the standard, and in fact exceeds it in several ways. Older products, such as timers and presence detection systems, don’t meet the requirements because they are unable to prevent a fire.

BS EN 50615 compliance – what it means

To be compliant with BS EN 50615, a system must:

Testing

Before a product can be certified as compliant, a series of tests must be carried out, including:

Airis and BS EN 50615

Under BS EN 50615, the electricity cut-off must not be triggered by a false alarm. This is highly significant as it means cooking can take place as normal without the need for training, changes in behaviour and without causing frustration to or confusing residents. In being compliant with BS EN 50615, Airis is therefore a completely unobtrusive solution which can be applied to any kitchen, regardless of the type of residents.

Airis complies not only with BS EN 50615, but with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of EMC- directive: 2004/108/EC, Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EU, EMC Requirements EN 60730-1:2001, Electromagnetic compatibility EN 300 220-1, Appliances requirements IEC60335-2-31 clause 30 and Council Directive 76/769 EEC Dangerous Substances Used in Products.

Airis is also:

Airis has been tested for compliance with BS EN 50615 by SINTEF, the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. More details are available on request.