An introduction to stove guard technology
Here you’ll find information on what a stove guard is, how it works, and why Airis Sense stove guard is the best there is.
Disclaimer: this website is owned and operated by Unicook Ltd. We are the UK distributors for Airis stove guard. While it is in our interest to state the benefits of our product over what may be perceived as competition, we have created this website to provide a factual explanation of why we believe Airis Sense is the best stove guard to buy.
What is a stove guard?
Sometimes called a “cooker cut-off device”, a stove guard cuts the power to the cooker to prevent a fire. Depending on the brand, it may sense heat, or a combination of heat, cooking fumes (smoke & steam) and human presence.
With 50% of fires starting in the kitchen, stove guards can play a significant role in a fire design for all types of accommodation. They ensure that residents can cook normally but also remain safe. They’re especially valuable for keeping elderly and vulnerable people safe from cooking fires.
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How do stove guards work?
Stove guards comprise two parts: a sensor and a power controller. The sensor is mounted above the hob on the wall, on the cooker hood, or on the ceiling. The power controller is typically installed behind the cooker or behind the oven underneath a hob.
The stove guard sensor monitors the hob and sends a radio command to instruct the power controller to turn off the electricity if a dangerous situation is detected. All stove guards reduce smoke alarm activations and unnecessary calls to the fire service.
Why is Airis the best choice?
Airis features a powerful processor that monitors several sensing devices, taking into account steam, smoke, surface temperatures and human presence. It was developed with artificial intelligence to ensure it cuts out when needed but doesn’t interrupt normal, safe cooking.
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Additional features available
Stove guards can be connected to telecare systems. See the table below for further details.
Airis can also connect to building management systems to record certain conditions (see below) or report when one of the four optional leak sensors has detected water.
Airis also has optional management/carer functions with central recording and real-time notifications via SMS or email. These are some examples of situations Airis can assist with:
- Water leak detected
- High or low kitchen temperature (energy monitoring)
- Excessive humidity alert
- Component failure alert
- Battery failure alert
Vulnerable person montoring:
- The resident has not cooked for themselves
- The resident has cooked at an unusual time
- The resident has left their cooking unattended and Airis has cut the power
- Airis has intervened more than a specified number of times
Are stove guards a viable alternative to suppression systems?
Unlike suppression hoods and sprinkler systems, stove guards prevent fires. Given that cooking fires account for approximately 50% of domestic fires, stove guards can potentially prevent 50% of sprinkler system activations, and 100% of suppression hood activations.
Stove guards are lower in cost and easier and quicker to install in existing and new kitchens. There are no maintenance or re-filling requirements, and no clean-up is required if they activate.
Stove guards have been specified in studio apartments where a cooker/hob fire would impede access to the fire exit.
Further reading and information
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