Vulnerable People and Carers

Safety for those who need it most

Cooking should be a stress-free and enjoyable activity, but unfortunately there are many conditions which can compromise a person’s ability to cook safely which puts them at risk of a serious fire. This can be a significant source of stress and anxiety for both themselves and their family. Mobility and cognitive impairment are symptoms of many common conditions, such as:

  • Physical disability
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Dementia
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Sensory impairment

Airis intervenes if a potentially dangerous situation develops and cuts the power to the cooker, preventing a fire. However, it doesn’t require any learning by the kitchen user – this is key, for example, if Airis is to be introduced to someone with dementia. When somebody cooks safely, they won’t even know Airis is there.

Airis-C in kitchen
When somebody cooks safely, they won’t even know Airis is there (pictured: Airis-C)

Airis is also able to detect other situations, such as when a ring has been left on, when food has started to burn or when a pan has boiled dry.

Enabling a person to cook safely for themselves can eliminate the significant costs of meal provision while extending their freedom and independence. With Airis, there’s no need for the person to learn an alternative method of cooking; they simply continue to cook in the same way that they always have.

Telecare

Airis can be connected to any telecare system via a wireless device such as those made by Tynetec, Doro and Tunstall.

The power controller has two auxiliary outputs, each of which can be configured to alert telecare to one or more situations, for example:

  • Airis cuts the power to prevent a fire
  • No cooking has taken place within a given time period
  • The proportion of interventions to cooking instances is greater than a given ratio
  • Airis intervenes more frequently than specified during set-up

If Airis cuts the power to prevent a fire, the person might have had a fall, be unconscious, or in some other way incapacitated. A call from monitoring centre staff can ensure their wellbeing, adding value to the telecare service for very little extra cost. By recording a log of incidents, this data can then be used as valuable input for assessment of a person’s ongoing needs.

Alarm prevention

An overheated pan can create dangerous amounts of smoke and toxic gases, without catching fire. As more people are injured by smoke inhalation than by fires, this is a significant consideration. With Airis in place, it is unlikely that a smoke detector will activate as a result of cooking, because Airis intervenes early enough to prevent significant smoke. According to UK fire services, just two breaths of toxic gas and smoke from a frying pan can render someone unconscious.

If a resident has smoke alarms connected to telecare, Airis can reduce the number of calls.

Because Airis prevents cooking fires, it will also prevent the activation of a sprinkler system. This saves the stress and cost of damage/clean-up.