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.
Beyond BS EN 50615
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?
- 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.
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.
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.