Kitchens produce great amounts of steam and cooking smoke and ordinary smoke alarms are not able to cope with these confusing signals. An ionisation smoke alarm or even an optical smoke alarm would quickly be set off when a kitchen is being used. At the same time fires regularly start in the kitchen, so rapid fire detection is important.
Luckily, there is an easy solution available. Heat alarms or heat detectors work by detecting either rapidly rising temperatures or trigger when a certain temperature is reached. Heat detectors do not get set off by steam or smoke or the normal cooking tempreatures. The thermistor in the heat detector head only detects the temperature changes mentioned above and ignores all other influences.
To notify the rest of the house of a fire in the kitchen you do not need to rely solely on the siren in the heat detector. You can interconnect the heat detectors with other smoke alarms in the house either with wire or through radio-frequency. The latter avoids you having to lay cables between alarms.
Heat detectors are also installed in garages and other areas where smoke or gases are present (with exception of bathrooms).
More information about the workings of heat detectors and other smoke alarms can be found in our smoke alarm guide.
The new E-Series water mist fire extinguishers from Jewel Saffire present a ground-breaking step in fire fighting. Using de-mineralised water, the water mist extinguishers use low pressure and a supersonic micron nozzle to discharge 100% environmentally friendly water in a fine mist. This mist expels oxygen from the surrounding environment to cut off the supply that keeps the fire burning. Once the fire is extinguished, the water mist then acts as a cooling blanket to soak into the burning fuel and prevent re-ignition.
After discharging a water mist fire extinguisher, the clean-up is quick and easy, with most of the water agent evaporating upon contact with the fire. These extinguishers are perfect for kitchens and food prep areas (where traditional powder or wet chemicals would usually leave a messy, poisonous residue and may involve having to shut down for a period) or areas where the contents are paper based or valuable. The extinguishers are also suitable for boats and other confined spaces. The LPCB approval on these extinguishers certifies ratings of up to 13A, 21B and 75F (on the 6litre model), unheard of for water fire extinguishers. Having passed a 35kV dielectrical test, water mist extinguishers are safe to use around electrical equipment without endangering the user.
Take a look at the full range of water mist fire extinguishers, exclusively available online from Safelincs.
If there is one place in the house that demands a fire alarm, it is the kitchen! Now there is a perfect way to protect the whole family against cooker fires, which are the number one cause of household fires in the UK.
The Innohome stove alarm is a brand new product to the fire safety market, alarming when a hob is left on or a pan boils dry. With clever technology, the Stove Alarm can learn from its environment and tracks the rate of heat increase conveyed by the cooker.
This clever, palm-sized alarm is designed to fit in unobtrusively with your kitchen’s design and will alert you before a cooker fire might occur. The Stove Alarm is ideal for everybody leading a very busy life and those of us who are a touch forgetful.