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Smoke Detectors and active stove-guards - the basic difference

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Smoke detectors save lives. Especially when people are sleeping, it is mostly too late, when they notice that the home is on fire and their life is in danger. The warning signal of the smoke detector wakes them up and warns "Your home is on fire, now save at least your life". The contribution of smoke detectors against property damage is secondary though: Neither do they call the fire department nor do the actively contribute to firefighting.

But isn’t it more important to let a fire not even occur? 
Why can’t we use latest technology to warn of fire before it occurs, to not only preserve the lives of people itself, but also the valuable furnishings, the home, the apartment ? Or even better, not only to warn against fire, but to actively prevent an upcoming fire.

Experts from the German company Gorilla Electronics GmbH want to break the mould, so that fewer people die from house fires and that less homes are destroyed by fire.
To reach this, advanced sensors and latest analysis software are used, combined with clever engineering to make the products affordable for everyone. The Gorilla products cannot give a guarantee against fire, but they reduce the risk of fire significantly.

The statistics say that twice as many fires occur during the day than over night.
Smoke Detectors and active stove-guards - the basic difference
Evaluating the places where fire breaks out shows the kitchen as frontrunner.
Smoke Detectors and active stove-guards - the basic difference
Within the kitchen the stove-fire is by far the most frequent threat to the  life of the home-residents.
Smoke Detectors and active stove-guards - the basic difference

A search for the reasons behind the stove fire results in the following three main reasons:

  1. Pans or pots catch fire (the so-called grease fire). This happens while one is “quickly” on the phone, at the front door or in the basement.
  2. It is forgetting to turn off the stove.
  3. Small children or pets accidentally switch on the stove.

A device that monitors these risks can be seen in the following illustration:
  • A sensor above the stove detects grease fire and other dangerous situations.
  • The energy (electricity or gas) of the cooker is continuously monitored to determine if the oven is turned on accidentally.
  • When a dangerous situation is detected, the device warns and - if necessary -   shuts down the power supply.
Smoke Detectors and active stove-guards - the basic difference
Following this principle, the experts of Gorilla Electronics have developed in conjunction with technology partners the following 3 items:
  1. “Gorilla-stove” as a sensor above the stove monitors for grease fire and other dangerous situations.
  2. “Gorilla-stove SwitchBox” monitors the power supply of an electric cooker and turns off in case of danger.
  3. Gorilla stove kit is the combination of these two products.

These products should defuse the dangers of stove-fires, a system for gas ovens is also in development.

And these products are only the beginning of safety-improvements at home, 
there are already other activities in the labs of Gorilla Electronics ongoing.

 

 
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