All about stove guard technology

An introduction to stove guard technology

Here you’ll find information on what a stove guard is, how it works, and its key role in preventing kitchen fires, emphasising the role of stove guards like the Airis Sense as protection against such hazards.

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. The Airis Sense stove guard is specifically designed to prevent kitchen fires by monitoring the temperature of the kitchen stove and cutting off power when it detects high temperatures, making it an essential safety device for every kitchen.

What is a stove guard?

In its most basic form, a stove guard, sometimes called a “cooker cut-off device”, utilises a heat sensor to cut the power to the cooker to prevent a fire. This intelligent and wireless heat sensor monitors the temperature of the cooker hob and detects when the temperature is too high, automatically cutting off power to ensure cooker top safety. 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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Airis Sense stove guard uses several sensors to monitor heat, rising temperature, steam, smoke and human presence. Most other devices rely on just one sensor.

How do stove guards work?

Stove guards comprise two parts: a sensor and a power control unit. The sensor is mounted above the stove 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. To enhance the user experience without compromising safety, stove guards are engineered to minimise false alarms while also preventing unnecessary disturbances during day-to-day cooking. All stove guards reduce smoke alarm activations and unnecessary calls to the fire service.

Why is Airis Sense stove guard the best choice?

Airis features a powerful processor that monitors several sensing devices, including an intelligent heat sensor, taking into account steam, smoke, surface temperatures and human presence. These sensing elements play an essential role in monitoring the rising temperature, serving as an indication of a developing fire hazard in the kitchen. Airis stove guard was developed with artificial intelligence to ensure it cuts out when needed but doesn’t interrupt normal, safe cooking. 

Tamper-proof

Airis Sense is designed to prevent tampering. This is important for situations such as student accommodation and for people with dementia. Users can’t remove the batteries or change the settings, and the power controller has no controls.

Two-way radio comms

With two-way radio communications, if the sensor isn’t working for any reason, Airis is able to prevent cooking immediately. This cannot be bypassed by turning the power on and off at the wall switch. The Airis Sense power control unit sends information about the electrical power being used via the radio signal to the sensor which is passed to the algorithms as they assess the risk.

Multiple sensing devices

Airis has several sensing devices to better understand the cooking situation. It uses all the data combined to determine signs of risk.

Cooking fume monitoring

The Airis Sense monitors cooking fumes (smoke and steam) with algorithms built with artificial intelligence to detect the presence of smoke and steam with infrared analysis. This helps Airis Sense cut the power before a lot of smoke is produced.

35A single relay

Airis Sense stove guard uses a single 35A relay to switch the power on and off to the stove.

Advanced analysis

Airis features complex multi-wavelength analysis. This patented technique provides an accurate reading regardless of the surface material and finish of cooking pans. Without this, reading of pans with shiny surfaces (for example) is far less accurate.

Fail-safe

Airis has extensive built-in error detection. Press the OK button on the front of the sensor and Airis Sense will tell you if it has detected a problem (and what that problem is).

Smart technology

If you need to change settings or you want to set-up access to Safera Cloud, the Safera app is there to make it easy.

Electrical Wiring​

See image below showing 6m T&E wiring to the Airis controller model.

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The Safera control unit is in a single enclosure with cable restraints and connections in-place.
The Multisensor uses high-quality components to ensure a long operating lifetime

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 that Airis can assist with:

Building management:

  • Water leak detected
  • High or low kitchen temperature (energy monitoring)
  • Excessive humidity alert
  • Component failure alert
  • Battery failure alert

Vulnerable person monitoring:

  • 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. In fact, they act even before a smoke alarm. Specifically designed for domestic kitchens, stove guards are compatible with standard kitchen stoves, making them highly effective in preventing fires in typical home cooking environments.

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 are often specified in studio apartments where a cooker/stove fire would impede access to the fire exit.

Further reading and information

If you need more information, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.