UK's FIRST pilot of life-saving fire safety device for the vulnerable is launched in Hertfordshire

Published: 20 Nov 2017


Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has become the first UK fire service to pilot a telecare system using the Stove Guard fire prevention system – a smart device that prevents unattended cooking fires.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue has teamed up with Herts Careline (a not-for-profit assistive technology provider) and Living Safely (suppliers of Stove Guard in the UK) to pilot the device with North Hertfordshire Homes residents Sheila and Denzil Male of Ickleford, Hitchin.

Stove Guard automatically turns a cooker off if it gets too hot or if it is left on after cooking – significantly reducing the risk of a fire ever happening. As Mrs Male lives with memory loss, she had become reluctant to cook as she was fearful of causing a fire by leaving the cooker on. Now with the Stove Guard (installed by Welwyn Garden Alarms) in place, and with Herts Careline and Herts Fire and Rescue’s emergency telecare response support connected as a backup, the couple have now regained their independence and can cook for themselves without the risk of fire.

Steve Holton, Area Commander for Citizen Safety at Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS), said: “We’re delighted to work with Herts Careline and Living Safely to introduce the Stove Guard to telecare – the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. Unlike traditional smoke detectors, the Stove Guard will cut off the electricity to a cooker when it detects the signs of an imminent fire, preventing a fire happening in the first place. This keeps people safer and independent in their own homes.”

Andrew Godman, Head of Housing and Public Protection at North Hertfordshire District Council, who operate Herts Careline, said: “We’re delighted to pioneer the use of this kind technology in partnership with Herts Fire and Rescue Service. We are always looking for new ways to help the residents of Hertfordshire and Stove Guard provides a means of significantly reducing the risk of domestic fires. Once the pilot is complete we can see how best to make this technology accessible to a wider audience.”

Peter Holland of Living Safely, said: “We are very grateful to Mr and Mrs Male and Herts Careline in piloting Stove Guard’s connection to Telecare in the UK. As Andrew explained, the connection to Telecare extends the capability of Stove Guard beyond fire prevention and adds further value to the Herts Careline service. We would also like to thank Innohome for their cooperation in making the telecare connection possible. Innohome are the creators of Stove Guard – a system now in use in 300,000 homes across Europe. We are sure that Stove Guard will go on to play an increasing role in supporting the safety and independence of elderly residents in the UK.”

Details of the Stove Guard device can be found at http://www.unicook.eu/