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In this post, we’re taking a look at stove timers for vulnerable people and an alternative that might just change your mind about hob safety. The safe use of a hob is still the responsibility of the person cooking, but do hob timers really improve hob safety? Are they really good enough for an elderly person or someone suffering from a cognitive impairment or disease such as dementia? As a carer or relative, you will likely have many concerns about hob safety and the people under your care. Hob fires are almost always caused by human error and this risk is greatly increased in elderly and disabled users. So, it’s never a bad thing to install a safety device to protect those in need and prolong their independence. Let’s look at what a hob timer is and what’s involved with using one. We’ll also show you why an alternative device provides far greater safety and value for money.

The what and how of hob timers

A hob timer is a device that is installed to an existing electric hob, or is included as part of a specific electric hob design. The unit cuts the power to the hob either when the timer runs out, or after the timer has run out and a subsequent alarm has sounded and been ignored. Some are user programmable but most are preset to a specific time limit, usually 15-60 minutes. Timers often require the user to activate them before, or in conjunction with, turning the hob on, adding an extra step before cooking can start and an extra step for the user to learn. They are also indiscriminate toward temperature so it makes no difference whether the hob is set to simmer or on full power.

So, knowing this, do you think hob timers can help with forgetfulness, loss of functional capacity, or unintentional misuse? Are they suitable for people with a mental disorder or disability that affects memory, or for an elderly person who just wants to turn the hob on and start cooking, without setting a timer first? Does a timer also present a false sense of security, encouraging you to leave the hob unattended while something is cooking, knowing that in 15 minutes it will turn itself off?

Hob Fires and Hob Timers

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How long does it take for a hob fire to start? You might be surprised but a hob fire can start in well under 10 minutes, so timers rely on the user being present and able to turn the power off if anything goes awry before the timer runs down. This is fine if you’re simmering a soup or a casserole, but if you’re unable to react immediately to an issue with a hob on high power then the risk of a fire starting remains as high as before, regardless as to whether you have a timer fitted or not.

The fact that timers do not take into account how an incident develops can be a major problem as they are unable to react to dynamic situations and act before a fire starts. It is complete guesswork as to whether a fire will start before or after the timer runs out, and therefore whether it will leave the hob safe, or remain blind to a potentially fatal situation in full swing, unbeknown to the person it is trying to protect. It becomes a moot point if a fire starts before the timer runs out. And the risk is increased further if the pan is already hot when the timer is set. A fire could be only seconds away.

So, in practical, everyday use, a hob timer can in fact turn out to be wholly unsuitable for a vulnerable person, or anyone for that matter.

"A stove fitted with a timer is not safe enough in the home of a person with a memory disorder."

Southwest Finland Memory Association

But before we look at an alternative, let’s get a better idea of the pros and cons of a timer.

Pros and Cons of Hob Timers

A table showing the pros and cons of hob timers

The table above gives a good idea of the pros and cons of hob timers so you can more clearly decide if they are suitable for you or not. But before you make a final decision, we are about to throw a cat amongst the pigeons and show you something that is far more effective and that connects the issue of hob safety directly with the risk of fire.

Stove Guards: the Sensible Alternative

A close up of the Airis stove guard sensor by Unicook
Airis proctively avoids fires by disconnecting the power to the hob if a dangerous situation is unfolding.

It’s a little bit of a misnomer calling a stove guard an alternative to a hob timer. They both sit in the same market under the same remit of fire safety, but one of them proactively prevents fires from occurring, no matter how long you have been cooking for, and the other one – as you will have discovered above – is just a timer that may or may not actually do anything productive, or just cause an inconvenience. So a stove guard is less of an alternative, and more like the right product for the job. So, let’s have a closer look at the trick card and delve into stove guards.

Rapidly evolving hazards like hob fires aren’t interested in whether or not you have set a timer to shut off the power, but shutting off the power would prevent a fire starting if it was done in time. This is where stove guards come into play. They monitor the environment using extremely intelligent technology and an array of clever sensors. Products like Airis monitor the temperature of the pan and hob, taking into account the smoke points and flash points of oils (the temperature at which oils smoke and then ignite). They also monitor human presence at the hob to determine if the cooking has been left unattended and the risk increased.

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Using this information, Airis calculates when a risk of fire is present and alerts the user with the usual alarm. If the hob is not manually turned down or off, then it cuts the power before a fire actually starts (this could take only a minute, long before a timer would activate). So if there is a problem and the user can’t act to prevent a fire, Airis will have you covered. Airis monitors throughout cooking and responds in real time to prevent rapidly evolving hazards. It can also tell if a pan is boiling dry and act before food burns. It also meets fire prevention standard BS EN 50615. Conforming to this standard involves passing stringent tests in which the device must prevent a fire from starting.

It really does make all the difference and can prolong the valued independence of a vulnerable person.

"A stove guard is a valuable purchase. When it prevents a fire, it pays for itself many times over."

Southwest Finland Memory Association

How does Airis prevent fires?

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Airis for Those with Memory Loss

A middle-aged man in his kitchen, cleaning a frying pan with the Airis fire safety device protecting the hob in the background

Airis is perfect for people with memory disorders as it does not require any user training. There are no complicated starting procedures or extra steps for someone to learn or become frustrated with. Install it properly, and it just works. So, you can easily see that it’s not an alternative to a timer, but it’s the only thing you should be considering for hob safety. What’s more, it can be installed easily to an existing stove that is already familiar to the user.

If necessary, Airis can also alert carers or loved ones to any dangers, allowing the situation to be investigated, and ensuring repeat issues can be dealt with effectively rather than ignoring them to the detriment of the user.

But What About Cost?

You might be surprised to learn that installing Airis on your existing hob is cheaper than replacing the hob with a new one and a timer. Replacing the entire hob with one with a timer can be extremely problematic if a similar model cannot be found, meaning extensive modifications to the work surface and lower cupboards may be required if the kitchen has a separate hob. This is because most hobs with timers are 50-60cm wide and come as separate units. And that’s before you consider the true cost of a fire, the potential loss of life, lost belongings, disruption, alternative accommodation, insurance claims and premium increases, potentially moving into an assisted home or care facility, and the mental trauma from the event. So, in reality it costs even less than you think!

We have seen what a timer is and how it operates, falling far short of the mark when it comes to practical fire safety, and how a stove guard such as Airis provides proactive fire safety that actually works. We’ve also seen that Airis can be far cheaper than a replacement hob when considering the true cost of a fire. Even so, we would rather pay for an Airis ten times over, safe in the knowledge a fire will never start, rather than take a gamble with a hob timer which doesn’t conform to fire prevention standards.

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Ok, so you’re now an expert on proactive vs. reactive safety and you’re here. We’ll be delving into the aftermath of David and Angie’s situations and we’ll help you stay in the loop and ahead of the game by making the most of Airis’s capabilities. Fantastic if you’re a property/building manager or a discerning relative and you want to look after your loved one more effectively to help retain their independence. Sounds good, right? To refresh your memory, we’ve included the cases again below. Let’s have a better look now.

A flow diagram comparing reactive and proactive fire safety

The Aftermath: David and Angie

David (Reactive)

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For David, if he is lucky enough to escape harm and avoid starting a fire, there won’t be any records of the incident ever occurring. If the alarm isn’t connected to a telecare system, the alarm will be reset and forgotten about.

If this happens often, it leads to complacency for wardens or building managers just rendering it an annoyance and inconvenience. The root cause of the issue isn’t addressed, and David remains at risk. This, after all, is the exact reason David has moved into sheltered accommodation, but for what benefit?

If the accommodation has robust reporting procedures and formally logs the event, that will mean lots of questions for David, lots of forms to be filed and lots of margin for human error. The data is easily inputted incorrectly and vital needs that it highlights can be ignored or overlooked. The fire service will likely be called out to check the property over, ventilate the kitchen from the thick smell of smoke, or just find everything is in order and head off to another case where a real fire may have started.

If the situation is worse and a fire has started, or if multiple near misses are recorded, David may face a cohort of strangers coming into the property, lots of smoke and fire damage, rehoming, people asking even more questions, assessing his health and competency, telling him his cooker will be disconnected for his own safety and that of the other residents.

It’s confusing and intimidating that things will be changing, and that he can no longer cook for himself. Meals will have to be arranged at a greater cost and he can’t make his favourite dishes any longer. David is now greatly unsettled and fears that even more of his independence will be taken away from him. He feels angry that he let the hob get out of control, even though he was only away from the kitchen for a few moments. It’s quite a change for David, but this situation is likely when relying on reactive equipment – we see it all the time. We know reactive safety devices do work, but they only operate after the situation has escalated too far. In a modern world, they just don’t hold up against proactive devices like Airis. They’re good failsafes but shouldn’t that be all they’re used for?

And what about Angie, is she in the same boat?

Angie (Proactive)

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The student accommodation that Angie lives in has the benefit of being equipped with smart fire safety equipment, so she doesn’t receive all that unwanted attention and change, leaving her to concentrate on making a dent in her thesis. When she steps away from the hob for a minute, Airis’ intelligent detection algorithms notice that the heat is too high and the oil is reaching its smoke point. The alarm sounds before an issue occurs, and Angie is alerted so she can respond. She acknowledges the alarm, turns the heat down and continues to cook. Airis detects her presence and knows that everything is under control again.

Now, if Angie doesn’t respond, Airis recognises the situation is running away with itself and a fire is imminent. Airis cuts the power to the hob long before the flash point of the oil. Crisis averted – no smoke to ventilate, no building evacuations, no stress for the building/accommodation manager, no sirens down in the street, no interrogation from strangers, and no disconnections or loss of independence. Angie can reset the unit and start cooking again when things have cooled down.

Here’s what’s interesting. These cases apply not only to students or elderly residents in sheltered accommodation. They apply to everyone. You and me. Independent living of any sort comes with the same cooking risks and you can benefit from proactive safety too.

What’s more, Airis logs the data in its memory which can then be downloaded at source (we’ll discuss why this is so important later). But that’s not all. In this modern age, you want to see data at the touch of a button from wherever you are in the world, on whatever device you have at your desk or in your pocket. It’s your lucky day, Airis has you covered.

Airis Sense WiFi: Data that Works for You

The Airis Sense WiFi Multisensor and PCU
Airis Sense WiFi provides all the fire and smoke safety features of Airis Sense, but allows for remote monitoring and data collection

In a smart world, isn’t it best to make smart choices? Mounted on the wall behind the hob, Airis Sense WiFi is the internet-connected model from Unicook. It unlocks all that data so you now have it at your fingertips, wherever you are in the world. No need to physically visit the resident – you can see it all right in front of you. It will even send you SMS and email alerts when an incident occurs so you will know instantly if a resident or loved one has run into difficulty.

The data is a real lifesaver for building managers and for conscientious relatives. It’s without human error, it’s easier to handle, and provides much greater visibility of what’s actually going on, especially if multiple incidents occur. Trends can be seen easily and the appropriate actions taken. It’s precise and it’s accurate, and that’s better for everyone, not just Angie. You can see how often and what times incidents occur.

This is perfect for building managers who need the right information to create an action plan and ensure all residents are safe, especially with the pressures of tightening fire safety legislation and residents’ demands in the wake of Grenfell. It’s perfect for relatives who want to rest assured that their loved ones are safe and can hold on to their independence as long as possible, avoiding the stress of fire service visits and major disruption to their lifestyles.

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Photo by Anna Nekrashevich from Pexels

Airis is also incredibly flexible. It can be connected to telecare services and be configured to send alerts automatically when it acts. Additionally, it can be set to send alerts if it has been triggered more than a certain number of times within a specified time frame, or even if the stove has not been used in a certain amount of time (i.e. they have stopped cooking for themselves). This supplementary data can be used in support of assessments of the resident.

So what does this mean? It becomes more a question of the person’s overall wellbeing, rather than whether or not their independence and right to cook should be taken away from them. That’s a huge step in the right direction. Airis removes all the guess-work, dramatically increases safety and peace of mind, improves data collection, prevents damage, and saves money that would be spent on repairs, care, or meal provision. It’s proactive fire safety, and it does much more than save lives.

A Quick Recap

So, we’ve looked at David and Angie’s cases in more detail and shown you what the wider consequences are. The life-changing events for David with his potential cooker disconnection, loss of independence, and decline in wellbeing, and Angie’s unobtrusive Airis that helps rather than hinders.

We looked at why the data Airis collects is important. It’s accurate and enables a proactive, constructive approach to addressing any issues that are apparent, and you can access it from anywhere!

If you have questions about Airis and how it can help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to help.

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There is an abundance of information out there on stove guards and it’s easy to get yourself in a twist, so you may be wondering exactly what a stove guard is and how it can help you. Is it a protective mat to stop spills? A set of knob covers to prevent children turning them? A surrounding barrier to prevent easy access to the hob rings? They are all known as stove guards in a loose sense, but they are not really what we are talking about here. We will be telling you about something far more intelligent and far less inconvenient.

If you want to know what a true stove guard is and why, with the right one installed, it will save you a shed load of hassle then you are in the right place. We have been the UK experts in stove guard technology since we introduced it in 2014 so we can clear up any confusion for you. Keep reading…

What is a Stove Guard?

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Airis stove guard protects the stove by intelligently monitoring it and cutting the power in case of danger.

Forget the products above – whilst they have their uses in stovetop safety, what we mean by a “stove guard” is a proactive safety device that cuts the power to the stove when there’s a chance a fire can start. They were invented to keep elderly and vulnerable people safe when cooking on the stove, but their application has extended way beyond this to student accommodation, extra care and assisted living, apartments, and homes like yours. There really isn’t a limit for safety.

In essence, all stove guards are comprised of two components: a sensor, which monitors the stove, and a controller, which controls the power supply. The sensor sends messages to the controller if it detects signs of risk. This is usually sensing too high a temperature or detecting smoke rising from the pan. The controller will analyse the data and spring into life, alerting you to the risk and, if no action is taken to turn the heat down, it will cut the power. This is proactive because it does all this before there is a chance of a fire starting. So you’ll never have one, and you’ll never set the smoke alarm off again when using the hob.

This is where Airis comes into its own. It uses advanced sensor technology and data analysis to assess the situation properly and effectively. Meaning you won’t have false alarms, annoying “learning periods” that other brands need in order to work, and you can rest assured that the failsafe protocols will keep you protected and alert you immediately if anything goes awry. But how do you know they’re going to work and what should you look out for?

Stove Guard Standards

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Airis prevents fires on the stove and goes far beyond the BS EN 50615 standard

Well, that’s the not-so-easy part. Stove guards should conform to an EU standard called BS EN 50615: Particular requirements for devices for fire prevention and suppression for electric hobs (cooktops) – you can find out more about the BS EN 50615 standard here.

The standard ensures that stove guards meet a set of functional criteria to make sure they operate effectively and do what they are supposed to do. That being said, many stove guards available only partially comply with the standard, for example, your hob may be too wide. Now this is the easy part, and this is why we love Airis, because it not only complies with all aspects of the BS EN 50615 standard, it exceeds it in many ways. What’s more, it has lots of exceptional features that place it leagues ahead of any other models.

We believe that our customers should be as safe as possible and enjoy the benefits of modern technology that fits seamlessly into a “smart” world. Find out for yourself why Airis is the best stove guard.

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Younger adults rightly want to enjoy their new-found independence and the university social life. New friends, new streets and cities to explore, new jobs to work, new schedules and responsibilities, and a head full of new ideas and expectations as they face the social and academic challenges of new environments. It is unlikely their minds are on the stark realities of fire safety in the kitchen while they are experiencing the adventures of a rich new world. So how do we raise awareness and prevent fires without inhibiting their newfound freedom? Can a balance be struck? Or perhaps there is something better all together we could be doing.

We are the UK experts on cooking safety in student accommodation and we believe that preventing fires and raising awareness of the dangers of cooking fires has never been more important than now. We’ll find out about the impact fires and false alarms have on students and accommodation providers, what means there are to protect students, and offer a solution for preventing most kitchen fires altogether. Let’s begin.

Safety for Students

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Kitchen safety is a vital part of student life and we think this is where the balance can be found. In fact, this applies to everyone, even you and me. To cook for oneself is a wonderful freedom but given that almost all fires start in the kitchen and students are usually inexperienced or discovering new independence, it’s easy to see how they might be more at risk than others. Especially given the clichéd propensity for alcohol consumption… In 2018/19 the rate of non-fatal casualties among those aged 17-24 was higher than in the 55-69 age groups (Fatalities and non-fatal casualties by age, gender and type of location, England)? Is that surprising?

According to the House of Commons Library there are over 2.3 million students in the UK? It’s no wonder the student accommodation sector has been growing for many years. Now more than ever, young adults are seeking out education opportunities away from home and immersing themselves in the University experience. This has driven billions of pounds of investment in new purpose-built student accommodation and renovation of older blocks. But, has fire safety improved along with it? We don’t think so for one simple reason. Building standards are an absolute bare minimum for acceptable construction quality levels. Think about that for a moment.

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Do those flashy, newly refurbished and purpose-built uni halls really enable students to prevent fires or will they just focus on stopping the fire from spreading after it’s started? With the increased prevalence of induction hobs and their potential to cause fires, is this stance really adequate enough? The issue poses a unique set of challenges for universities and private accommodation providers, let’s find out why and how it can be managed easily and effectively.

The Impact of Fires in Student Accommodation

A fire in student accommodation will be an uncomfortable experience for the university or private provider. The block will be out of action until investigations are undertaken, ventilated, and any repairs completed. If there is a sprinkler system then this is likely to be even more extensive and extremely costly to rectify. Moreso in time spent dealing with insurers, finding alternative accommodation for those affected. Even with modern compartmentalisation, students could easily be harmed by fire or smoke inhalation. The fire service will be called out and this can be a chargeable expense depending on the university location. The upheaval in any case can be significant both financially and administratively. Notwithstanding the impact it will have on your reputation and future admissions to the institution. Bad news travels fast and it sticks.

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From the student’s perspective, their studies will be negatively impacted, they may have to move elsewhere to live with people they don’t know or even with people that aren’t fellow students. Their belongings are also likely to be damaged and some of these will be irreplaceable. They might have lost treasured possessions, and they may find themselves living quite far away from their friends. It will be an upsetting disruption to their schedule and their ability to study will be affected. The psychological impact may necessitate counselling to help the student recover and get back on track, all while trying to meet important academic deadlines.

Even in the very best of cases, a fire or smoke still causes significant disruption. In the worst cases it can, and does, cost people their lives. False alarms are also fairly common within student accommodation, let’s have a look at their impact now.

False Alarms and their Consequences

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Comprehensive evacuation procedures are mandatory, and fire and smoke detection technology saves lives every day. When these solutions work as intended, they are extremely effective, which is why smoke alarms have been a legal obligation for landlords in the UK for several years. The glaring issue with fire and smoke detectors is one we’ve all experienced. I expect you already know what we are going to say… They are prone to false alarms.

In student accommodation, this is a well-known fact. Only the minority of alarm activations are actually the result of a real fire. In principle, this shouldn’t be a serious concern – it’s clearly “better to be safe than sorry” – but these false alarm activations have undesired consequences.

So prevalent are alarm activations, in fact, that they are often completely ignored, putting people at serious risk if a real fire starts. We’ve all done it. This was no more evident than in the fire at The Cube in Bolton in 2019, after which a student reported that she didn’t react to the fire alarm until one of her flatmates alerted her to the urgency of the situation (BBC).

False alarms are also pretty annoying, especially when you’re trying to crunch through a small forest’s worth of textbooks and research and squeeze that knowledge out into a few thousand words before tomorrow morning.

So, the more they happen, the less sensitive we are to them and the less effective they are at actually protecting people. But all is not lost. Below, we look at some more effective ways of protecting students from fires and false alarms.

Protecting Students from Fires and False Alarms

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We know how disruptive fires and false alarms in universities can be, but how do we protect students from them?

  • Well, the de facto solution is to remove smoke alarms from the kitchen, or not install them in the first place. We can’t stress enough what a bad idea this is. Smoke is incredibly toxic and is a bigger killer than fire. It’s better to know about it sooner, so leave them installed and test them regularly.
  • Raise awareness of the importance of staying in the kitchen while cooking. This is effective. As a watched pot never boils, a watched pan never catches fire. It sounds obvious but it’s all too easy to pop out of the kitchen for a minute or two, and that’s all it takes.
  • Discourage cooking when tired. Uni life can be demanding so if you know you’re going to be up against it, pre-prepare food that can be heated quickly in a pan or the microwave. Batch cooking on weekends is a great solution for this, and the food will stay fresh in the freezer afterwards.
  • Don’t cook while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The law stops us driving because we’re not in control, even if we think we are. The same applies to cooking. You are using flammable substances and things can get out of hand extremely quickly and easily. If you’re under the influence, it’s even more difficult to think straight and act quickly. Eat before you drink, it’s also better for you.
  • Use appropriate fire safety signage, make sure it is clearly understood and well positioned.
  • Include fire safety information and action plans in your induction week materials and keep them easily available on your online student portals.

For the university, it seems to be a difficult choice. Is it better to have fewer real and false alarms, or more?

For the students, false alarms cause two downstream effects. The first, discussed above, is a diminished respect for the alarm system. The second is the disruption to their sleep, studies and everyday life every time a fire alarm goes off. It’s probably better to prevent alarms sounding, and fires, all together, right?

Preventing Fires in Student Kitchens

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So that leads us to our next point, what can be done to prevent kitchen fires? Older technology such as fire extinguishers and fire blankets do work for fire suppression, but universities rightfully advise against manually tackling fires. It’s dangerous and insurers baulk at the idea. And for those with a certain proclivity, they also provide an irresistible opportunity for idle hands to cause mischief, rendering them useless when they’re legitimately in need.

So, technology already exists to put out fires and smoke. Automatic installations such as sprinkler systems are highly effective at putting out fires, and suppression hoods ensure that fires on the hob are promptly extinguished. But, these all have one thing in common, don’t they?

They rely on a fire starting.

By this time the danger is already very real. Smoke is filling the room and has the potential to kill immediately, and the kitchen can be full of it without these systems even so much as making a sound. This is why we think it’s best to avoid a fire in the first place. Fortunately, Unicook has the answer. We have a solution that is perfect for preventing fires, no matter your cooking ability or how distracted you might be when cooking.

The Simple Fire Prevention Solution

Airis stove guard installed in a kitchen, protecting the hob from fires and smoke
Airis stove guard prevents fires on the stove

Airis was created to prevent fires in student accommodation without the risk of fire and without affecting normal cooking. It also prevents almost all toxic smoke. The student will never even know Airis is there. A silent protector. Unless of course it has alerted them to a potential fire and saved them and their flatmates from smoke inhalation, fire, or the embarrassment of having set off the central alarm system. It works by monitoring human presence, cooker type, and pan temperature, alerting you when a dangerous situation approaches. If you don’t respond by turning the heat down, then it shuts off the power to the cooker until safety is restored. No false alarms and no fires. Full stop.

If you would like to learn more about how Airis can significantly reduce costs and fire service call-outs while improving safety, why not get in touch with us?

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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?

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The Finns have been clued up on intelligent fire safety for years, but we’ve been a little slow off the blocks here in the UK. Fortunately, the technology started becoming more widely used since we at Unicook introduced it in 2014. We recognised there was a glaring deficiency in the capabilities of existing fire safety devices and we thought it was time to raise the bar and save lives with this modern, proactive technology. So, why is Airis a ‘next generation’ stove guard? Well, we have the answers right here in 12 simple points. So, let’s take a look.

Airis in 12 Exceptional Functions

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Airis prevents fires on the stove and goes far beyond the BS EN 50615 standard

So, why is Airis a next generation stove guard? We get asked this a lot. Simply, because it not only meets the BS EN 50615 standards but exceeds them in many ways, especially when compared to other technology. It truly is an incredible product that takes others to task. No other device offers the functionality and design capabilities that Airis does.

When we look around our houses and offices, we don’t have to look far before we rest our eyes on a smart device that has a multi-purpose, life-improving reason it’s there. Why can’t fire safety join this formidable movement of smart technology? We don’t believe standards should be a minimum level of product design. We believe they should be exceeded to provide amazing features, undeniable value for money, and absolute peace of mind that your purchase is enhancing your life or the lives of those whom it protects.

  1. It has greater sensing capability. A stove guard must monitor the temperature of the hob in order to be compliant. Airis goes several steps further by monitoring human presence, fumes and other parameters. It intelligently combines all these measurements to maximise safety and minimise interference when cooking. Even more, Airis is able to detect if a pan has boiled dry and will cut the power to stop the contents burning.
  2. It uses two-way failsafe communication. With Airis, the controller and sensor are able to communicate in both directions, so any faults with the controller are picked up by the sensor and vice-versa. Others only rely on sending signals one way, even if nothing is listening.
  3. It is compliant with 900mm-wide hobs. Airis is the only stove guard on the market which complies with BS EN 50615 when used on a larger, 900mm-width hob. Others do not.
  4. You can replace the battery! Surprisingly, most stove guards have integral batteries, so after a few years you have to buy a new sensor. Not with Airis, which uses two easily-replaceable AA batteries. It lasts longer and is far more sustainable.
  5. There is no learning period. Many stove guards feature a ‘learning period’, intended for the sensor to learn how the user behaves. This presents two problems: One) The initial period frustrates the user because the device may beep or cut the power unnecessarily. Two) It doesn’t take into account the fact that there may be more than one user (e.g. in student accommodation, for example), which confuses it further! Airis is smart enough to do away with this completely, saving you time and hassle.
  6. It has a safety lock. If you want to stop children or a particularly vulnerable person from using the cooker, then Airis can lock itself! It’s also useful for pets so they don’t accidentally turn it on.
  7. It knows itself well. At the time of installation, if any fault is detected such as incorrect mounting, Airis will let the installer know automatically. This unique feature ensures correct installation and avoids irritating return visits from engineers or hours of your time thumbing through technical manuals. Unlike others, Airis knows you need to be aware of any issues so you can stay safe, so it will also flag up any faults as soon as they arise, at any time during its life. Let Airis do the hard work.
  8. It provides advanced telecare/building management system messages. Some stove guards feature a telecare connection but it’s usually limited to sending an alert when the stove guard acts to cut the power. But Airis has the ability to send other alerts to telecare or building management systems automatically e.g. if there is a fault or the battery is running low. What’s more, Airis can be set to raise the alarm if someone hasn’t cooked for a given time period (e.g. three days), or if it has intervened more than a specified number of times. So you get an extra level of reassurance for the person’s wellbeing.
  9. Multiple colour options are included. We know sometimes style is everything, so Airis is flexible. When buying an Airis there is no need for guesswork when it comes to choosing a colour to match the kitchen. Instead, the cover of the sensor is transparent and multiple colour inserts are included. If these aren’t to your taste, you can always personalise it with your own!
  10. Add extra functionality with leak detection sensors. Airis can connect up to four leak detection sensors, allowing Airis to collect data and send alerts to you, a telecare or  building management system directly. Another disaster avoided.
  11. Enjoy optional auto-reset. Once a stove guard has cut the power, it is normally up to the user to press a button on the sensor to reconnect it. Airis can save you the hassle by doing this itself once the situation is safe. You’ll still get an alert, but it’s one less thing to worry about.
  12. It utilises unique and intelligent data handling. All cooking information is logged in the cpu, allowing you to see your cooking habits, power consumption, and how often Airis has stepped in, if at all. You can also monitor units remotely e.g. if you’re looking after a loved one, resident or manage a multiple occupancy building such as sheltered accommodation or student halls. It makes providing the right adjustments to the right people easier, and reporting back to clients, managers, and residents alike.
Airis stove guard installed in a kitchen, protecting the hob from fires and smoke
Airis keeps the kitchen safe from fires and smoke, giving the user a heightened sense of security and wellbeing

Bare Maximum

So there it is, Airis does not take the same ‘bare minimum’ approach of other devices, and we’ve seen that some others don’t even comply with the basic standard. Instead, Airis goes far and beyond the requirements of BS EN 50615 and operates on a ‘bare maximum’ approach. We believe that is the level of protection and functionality we all deserve. It’s intelligent, flexible, and convenient. These 12 points have shown you the superior design of Airis; if you’re intrigued to know more, click here to find out why Airis is the ultimate stovetop safety device.

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You may well be wondering, what is proactive or reactive safety? Well, look no further, we have the answers to all your questions! It may not help win the pub quiz, but it will certainly help you better understand your home and how it is protecting you from those life-threatening risks.

We only have one question for you – would you rather know about a fire after it has started and taken hold, putting you and others in very serious danger and causing panic, or would you rather the fire never started in the first place? We know it’s the latter of the two, and we’re here to help you protect your home or those in your care so you have one less thing to worry about.

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What is Reactive Safety?

Today, technology alerts us to risk in all walks of life. The car horn when you’ve pulled out of a junction too soon and cut someone off, and the airbag that showers you in talcum powder if it really goes wrong. The incident has happened already and the airbag deployed to mitigate injury when the impact couldn’t be avoided.

In the context of fire safety this would be a smoke detector sounding and the subsequent sprinkler system trying to put the fire out. These are what we call reactive safety features; they react to a certain trigger such as flames or smoke and alert you after the fact.

Most devices on the market fall into this category – smoke and heat detectors, fire alarms, sprinkler systems, and foam suppression systems. Not to mention the ones that require human action such as portable extinguishers and fire blankets, which put you directly in harm’s way. Some insurers don’t like you using them for that reason. That said, they are important devices to have in the event of a fire. How many can you identify in your home? Did we miss any off?

A picture of reactive fire safety devices and apparatus

What is Proactive Safety?

Now, say you were driving a vehicle with automatic safety features at that junction instead of a standard car and you tried to pull out when it wasn’t safe. The intricate and mind-bogglingly clever algorithms in the car’s safety system would kick in before you could even take your foot off the brake. It would see the imminent danger in the unfolding events long before they happen and decide the best course of action is to avoid pulling out, full stop, protecting you and your family from a nasty t-bone or side swipe. Then you resume control once it’s safe to move off again. Thank you technology.

In fire safety terms this could be a product that senses the conditions in which a fire will start and intervenes before the first wisp of smoke leaves the pan. This is proactive safety. It’s intelligent, intuitive, forward thinking, and it really does save lives. We welcome smartphones, smart watches, and smart TVs into our lives because they make them that much easier, it’s simple. But why haven’t we embraced smart fire safety yet?

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The truth is, like the car with advanced safety features, devices that sense and react to such rapidly dynamic conditions with a degree of accuracy and confidence that are actually useful and not frustratingly inconvenient are far more difficult to develop at a price point that is attractive to the discerning consumer. But wouldn’t it be fantastic if those older safety products shifted toward proactive, smart design and avoided all the danger, drama, and disruption in the first place?

In the case of something as lethal as a fire, the more proactive you can be, the better, right? It lowers the risk to life and to property, including those painful financial repercussions. Well, you might be excited to find out that this shift has been happening for over a decade, and at a price point that does not even come close to breaking the bank. Want to know more?

Embracing Proactive Fire Safety

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Airis proctively avoids fires by disconnecting the power to the hob if a dangerous situation is unfolding.

Airis is one of the few existing proactive approaches to fire safety, and it is extremely effective at preventing fires. Here’s how it works: using smart technology, Airis first recognises the hob type and whether or not someone is cooking at the hob, it keeps monitoring the heat from the pan, if it recognises the heat is too high and approaching the oil’s smoke point (you can learn more about smoke points here) it then alerts you so the heat can be reduced, if you’re not there because you’re incapacitated or your attention has strayed from the hob and don’t respond, it will cut the power before the oil starts smoking.

Thanks to its incredible sensors and programming, all this happened well before a fire could ignite, completely removing the risk of hob fires, especially for vulnerable people. It’s even smart enough to know when a pan has been removed or knocked off the stove so it can spring into life and prevent a fire. It’s completely proactive, affordable, and undeniably essential in modern times, especially when you think of the other costs associated with fire damage. But there’s more.

If you opt for Airis Sense WiFi you can see all the data wherever you are, meaning you can check in on loved ones to see if there have been any triggers or issues that need addressing (check out our next blog post to learn more on how Airis Sense WiFi can make things easier for you). It then leaves all the reactive products to collect dust (please don’t actually let them collect dust, they work more effectively when clean and tested regularly). No fires, no false alarms, no raised pulses, no sirens, and no loss to life or belongings.

Do you think you, a loved one, or those in your care could benefit from that peace of mind? Don’t believe me? Well, see for yourself, here are a few case examples to show you why it’s so important…

A flow diagram comparing reactive and proactive fire safety

Who would you prefer to be? David, where his safety relies entirely on him being present and his capacity to respond, or Angie, who installed Airis and is completely safe, whether she is able to respond or not? She has protected herself, her property, and the other residents from mishaps in her kitchen, and the property managers or her loved ones have been alerted that there was a potential fire so they can ensure she is OK. We know which one we would choose.

Further Implications of Proactive Fire Safety

We’ve looked at the differences between proactive and reactive fire safety, so you should have a clear idea now of what they are and why proactive safety is leagues ahead in avoiding hob fires and saving lives. David and Angie’s cases show you the potential outcomes in two different scenarios. But what are the implications for all involved beyond those cases? What will happen afterwards? Does proactive safety really make life that much easier? We have the answers here…

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Some of us love to cook, for others it’s a means to an end. In the kitchen we can explore creativity, self expression, learn new skills, experience achievements and satisfaction, bonding with wise parents and friends over family recipes, and stake an unwavering independence just for a start. Or perhaps we just want to stuff our faces after a long day’s work, or a quick bite before we rush out to the pub or a gig, whichever way we choose to prepare our food, we more often than not take it for granted.

And wherever we live, our responsibilities extend way beyond ourselves. Cooking with any hob type can quickly get out of hand. So, why shouldn’t we do it safely? After all, a whopping 50% of home fires start in the kitchen, most of which are from the stove, simply because heating oil to a high temperature can be a risky business if things go wrong. Let’s have a look at how to reduce that risk.

Be there or be square

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If there was one piece of advice we could give, this is the big one. Just as a watched kettle never boils, a watched pan never catches fire. A pan will start to smoke excessively before it catches fire, giving us a handy warning sign that we’ve been absent-minded or overzealous with our temperature control! So stay in the kitchen and keep your eyes on the prize. It also means you won’t burn that culinary masterpiece in the making! No excuses… just popping to the toilet? The contents of a pan can catch fire in fewer than two minutes from the moment you turn it on. If you don’t believe us, you need to watch this video…

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Unless you are an experienced cook or professional chef, don’t leave cooking unattended, and even then the potential for mishap is greatly increased. You just won’t know until it’s too late. Which leads us to our next point.

Experience

Cooks with a lot of experience know when it is safer to leave a pan on the heat. But experience is fuel for knowledge, and a cook who really knows what they are doing will know exactly how long to cook different foods and what the properties of the different cooking oils are. Here’s a quick summary of the smoke points (the point at which oil will start to smoke) of the most common oils used for cooking, in degrees C:

A diagram showing the various smoke points of different oils and fats

We know that flavor preference is high on the list when creating that special dish, so we hope that helps choose the right oil for the job!

In addition, it’s extremely important to know the type and quality of the oil before you buy or use it. For example, although refined rapeseed oil has a smoke point of 205 degrees C, an unrefined version can be as low as 107! To put that into practical terms, 107 is not even hot enough for most frying. You’ll notice that flaxseed oil is therefore also ruled out for this purpose. What oils do you have in your cupboard? Check out our comprehensive list below so see where your oil types stack up!

A table showing the various smoke points of different oils and fats

Important! Not all oils are created equal. Do your research before you start frying and reduce that fire risk!

But what about vegetable oil? It’s difficult to say because the ingredients are a mixture of various sources, who knows what’s in there… It’s better just not to use it. Fire safety aside, there are far healthier choices available so we opt for those. Go with an oil with a smoke point above 180 degrees whenever possible.

Mental and Physical Wellbeing

There are a number of mental illnesses and degenerative conditions that can put someone at risk, from depression through to all forms of dementia. Ultimately, anything that affects someone’s mental wellbeing will increase their risk when cooking, especially if it makes them more accident-prone or affects their cognitive clarity. In these cases it can be best to get assistance when cooking, or fit a safety device that will provide better protection for you, such as a smoke alarm or, better still, an Airis stove guard.

Naturally, anybody who is physically challenged is also vulnerable. If an elderly person starts cooking, falls over and is unable to get up again, this can put them in serious danger. Again, a telecare-connected Airis stove guard is the safest solution, because it will stop a fire from even occurring and the monitoring station will be alerted to a problem and can send help immediately.

Usually, the first port of call after a near-miss or an accident occurs is to disconnect the resident’s cooker, leaving them unable to cook, more dependent on others, and feeling a sense of loss or failure. In the worst cases it can result in a permanent move to a care home which is a life-changing event and can be extremely unsettling. Aside from the expense of it all, those well-being benefits we mentioned earlier will no longer exist and this can easily lower self-esteem and cause faster decline in mental and physical health.

Pets and Children

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If physics dictates flat surfaces attract objects then cats dictate that those objects will be pushed off again, and that includes pans. As bizarre as it sounds, that curious feline wandering around the worktop in the kitchen can easily knock a pan off the stove and start a house fire.

Inquisitive children are also at risk, with those overhanging handles offering temptation. There are products available that can provide a low ‘wall’ around the stove, which may help to protect pets and children (and therefore your home) from these dangers, but the best thing is often to keep fluffy ones out of the kitchen and a beady eye on the youngsters at all times.

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If you are looking for something super intelligent and far less intrusive then Airis will turn off the stove if the power is left on but no pan is on the hob.

Technology

We’ve already mentioned smoke alarms – they’re an absolute must when it comes to homes, especially when it comes to cooking. Make sure you have one installed and that it gets tested regularly (by using the button, not burning the toast!). Carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are also a wise investment, and combi smoke and CO alarms do exist as well.

Whilst these devices are essential life savers in the event of a fire, they do not prevent the fire from starting in the first place – rather, they alert to a dangerous situation that has already unfolded. We are only able to react to the smoke and fire in the kitchen and either attempt to resolve it (if it’s safe to do so) or make an escape from the home before alerting emergency services. Prevention devices on the other hand, are far more effective and act way before an issue even arises. It’s a sound investment for peace of mind, especially if you or a loved one is in a vulnerable situation.

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Airis protects the home against fires and smoke by stopping a fire on the stove before it even starts.

Learn more about Airis and how it can protect vulnerable and elderly people without taking away their independence.

We hope that has sparked some thoughts on how you can improve fire safety and reduce risks while cooking in your home. Thank you for reading and please get in touch if you are interested in reducing fire risk further.

Please note that the fire safety advice in this post is for informative purposes only. Unicook cannot be held liable for your safety in the kitchen.

Source Links

Smoke Point – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_point

Smoke Point of Oils for Healthy Cooking – Jonbarron.org
https://jonbarron.org/diet-and-nutrition/healthiest-cooking-oil-chart-smoke-points

Unconventional Cooking Oils – ideafit.com
https://www.ideafit.com/fitness-library/unconventional-cooking-oils

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Life is risky, there’s no way around it, and we all want to feel safe when we are at home with our loved ones. As soon as the front door is closed we can relax, secure within our own four walls, throw some food in the pan quickly and kick back with the TV on when the food is ready. We don’t want to think about the few minutes that separate our downtime after a long day’s work from an inferno engulfing our entire home and changing our lives forever. The reality is that we all live with a high level of risk within our homes. The kitchen contains a plethora of ignition sources from toasters, to ovens, hobs, microwaves, deep-fat fryers, toastie makers, and the list goes on. Not to mention the abundance of fuels, gas, electricity, all kinds of exotic cooking oils and fats, and the combustible items never far from the lick of a flame.

About 60% of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen. They kill or injure nearly 20 people every day in the UK, that’s 7300 people a year! So how can we prevent kitchen fires and spend more time doing what we love? Check out our top tips below…

Tip Top Fire Prevention

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Here are our top kitchen fire prevention tips:

  1. Those tasty meals deserve your full attention, so dedicate some time to cooking! Play some music or make it a social activity by cooking with friends or family. It takes just a few seconds for a fire to start and if you’re not in the kitchen to keep an eye on things then the potential for a fire becomes a serious risk.
  2. It’s easy for your mind to wander when you’re tired, had a tipple or two, or you’re taking medication that might make you drowsy. Probably best to avoid cooking until you can enjoy it fully and safely.
  3. The laws of physics dictate that flat surfaces naturally attract items, so it’s easy to collect all sorts of weird and wonderful paraphernalia on the stove top when it’s not in use. It sounds obvious, but hobs are safest when they’re clear of any items. Even electric hobs can be switched on easily and will start to cook whatever is atop them. Tea towels are a favourite combustible so it’s best to put them away instead. They’re also not that tasty, so it’s a win-win situation.
  4. A clean oven, hob, grill, and cooker hood not only look great and are more hygienic, there are no fat or grease deposits that can build up and catch fire, so don the gloves, get the scrubber out and give your stove a treat!
  5. Other cooking appliances benefit from being clean too and they like a lot of headroom so avoiding using them under cupboards is also a good idea.
  6. Fit a smoke alarm and test it every week, it’s too easy not to do!
  7. Lucky number seven: Be careful when using microwaves. In particular, never put anything metal inside a microwave or attempt to use the microwave for drying clothes.
  8. We’ve all gone out and wondered if we’ve turned the hob or oven off properly, double check after every use just to be sure. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  9. Last but not least, fit a cooker safety device like Airis, which prevents kitchen fires by automatically turning your cooker off if it gets too hot or is left on too long. It can also be programmed to turn off the power if the hob is left on by accident. It’s marvellous, really!
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I’m sure we’ve all been guilty of one or two risky behaviours in the past, but hopefully we can avoid any mishaps with these simple tips. Let us know if you can think of any more that aren’t listed, we’d love to hear!

Please note that the fire safety advice in this post is for informative purposes only. Unicook cannot be held liable for your safety in the kitchen.

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The European stove guard Standard BS EN 50615 has been in force since 2015, helping consumers identify effective cooking safety products, but in reality few conventional products actually meet the standards set out by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation, let alone exceed it. The standard covers the detection, prevention, and suppression of fires originating from cooking appliances or from flammable materials left on the hob. Category B, specifically, is for Prevention of Ignition, where many existing products just don’t cut the mustard.

Sprinkler systems, fire doors, smoke hoods, fire extinguishers, smoke and fire alarms, intumescent strips, and fire blankets: these are all reactive products that, whilst being important in their own right to prevent the spread of fire, offer a false sense of security when it comes to fire safety and prevention. By the time they are in use it is too late, the fire has taken hold and focus turns to controlling its spread and damage control, not to mention saving lives. They simply don’t comply.

Compliance with the Standard

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

  • Have the ability to disconnect the cooker (or hob) from the electricity supply before a fire starts
  • Have the ability to cut off the cooker (or hob) electricity supply before the temperature reaches a dangerous level
  • Ensure that the product does not false alarm

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

  • Heating a prescribed volume of sunflower oil in a pan, with the burner/ring on its highest power setting
  • Using other burners/rings simultaneously to boil water to make the environment more complex and challenging
  • Testing all burners/rings one by one

So it’s easy to see that traditional products fall short of the mark in meeting the criteria of BS EN 50615 Category B.

Compliance with the Standard

This is where Airis comes into play. It easily satisfies the criteria under BS EN 50615: Prevention of Ignition, and will stop a fire before it’s even begun, but it does so much more than that. It really is strides ahead of the older products. So what makes Airis so far ahead of the curve in fire safety innovation?

A close-up of the Airis Sense Multisensor
  • In-situ operation directly at the point of risk allows immediate response
  • Multiple smart sensors analyse the cooking environment for tell-tale signs of potential fire and avoiding frustrating false alarms, including:
    • Detection of burning food or pans boiling dry
    • Much earlier smoke detection directly from the hob
    • Smart algorithms analyse human presence before acting prematurely
    • Infrared sensors detect and analyse steam and smoke
    • Direct cooking temperature and ambient temperature are measured for precise operation in dynamic environments and differing climates
  • Automatic hob identification ensures correct sensor analysis
  • Fail-safe digital communication between the sensor and the power controller
  • A tamper proof design allows installation in even the most challenging environments
  • Wireless cloud monitoring allows external monitoring making protecting vulnerable people and building management easier
  • Expandable functionality allows daisy-chain plug-and-play leak detector modules to be connected to the control unit, alerting you to leaks from other kitchen appliances such as fridge-freezers, washing machines, and dishwashers
  • Quick installation to new and old appliances and no ongoing maintenance or servicing make it as hassle-free as possible
  • Long battery life and built-in test facility offer peace of mind to even the most cautious user
  • Integrates seamlessly into existing Telecare connections for call centre responses

No False Alarms and No Surprises

Under BS EN 50615, the electricity cut-off must not be triggered by a false alarm. If you’ve seen our blog post on false alarms you’ll know they’re not only frustrating but can be dangerous and cost lives. So avoiding a false alarm is a key focus of Airis, not only for compliance, but it enables normal cooking to continue without the need for specialist training or behaviour changes which can be costly, annoying and especially confusing to residents. And if the situation does get dangerous, Airis can be reset easily by the user when things have cooled down a bit and a safe hob is restored.

Airis is therefore a completely unobtrusive solution which can be applied to any kitchen, regardless of the type of resident or user. The list of users benefiting from Airis is growing and growing and covers an abundance of applications owned or operated by large developers, universities, councils, and individuals including: apartments and built-to-rent, high-rise residential, co-living, aparthotels and AirBnBs, student accommodation, assisted living, extra care and sheltered accommodation, social housing and retirement living! The remote monitoring functionality is a real winner with building managers, rental owners, and family members checking in on loved ones.

With Airis Cloud, relatives, carers or maintenance personnel can receive SMS and email notifications from Airis devices

Furthermore, Airis complies 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 resilient to insulation testing at 500V and to earth fault loop impedance testing.

Thank you for reading!

Airis has been tested for compliance with BS EN 50615 by SINTEF, the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. Feel free to contact us here if you would like more details.

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