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?

The Airis stove guard fire safety device protects an elderly couple while they cook on the stove.
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

A close up of the Airis stove guard sensor by Unicook
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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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

A close up of the Airis stove guard sensor by Unicook
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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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.

Questions about installing or retrofitting Airis?

You can contact us by phone on 0208 798 3462. We offer an accredited CPD presentation on the BS EN 50615 standard.

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