Ever wondered why no one has come up with a SMART AP to help reduce kitchen fires. Smoke alarms placed throughout your home are meant to do just that. However, with smart phones that can monitor your whereabouts, connect group calls, and even tell time, why are such important applications being ignored?
For most it is hard to image the harmful effects of outdoor air pollution, let alone indoor air quality. The US EPA reports that indoor air pollution is far more harmful. But what about reducing the amount of air pollution caused from over cooking foods such as rice, chicken, and even the all American favorite Mac & Cheese.
What if there was a new first responder system that alerted you when you have left food items to long on your stove top before the food has began to burn? There are natural ways to help prepare food that requires less vigorous monitoring during food preparation, such as baking foods that are usually fried on the stove top.
Simple temperature guides are provided on packaged foods, or what could be averted though using an alarm system to warn you when your food has been left unattended too long and is now beginning to smoke.
According to Richard Rebstock, AD ESH Safety & Health Group, October 2008, “Most fires in the home (40%) start in the kitchen.” Rebstock explains, “Unattended cooking is the major cause.” This is when a simple application such as adding a sensor to detect a direct change in air quality above the stove top, could save thousands anxiety and worry from burning food, while helping reduce poor indoor air quality. Such applications can easily be assembled using a dual panel system, which uses a reset and activation button, in order to help ensure you are able to monitor air quality near the stove top or positional ‘hot spot’ area in your home.
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According to Antony R. Farmer, with the Winston Salem Fire Department and FEMA, “The city is experiencing more kitchen fires caused by unattended cooking. These fires present a present danger to the victims, especially when they occur in apartments and other facilities where large numbers of people reside.”
With 40 percent of fires staring in the kitchen area of a home, it is also important to make sure you have replaced batteries in smoke alarms to help ensure safety throughout your home or apartment. However the number one cause of fires in a home is from unattended cigarettes, pipes and cigars.
By installing a simple sensor can help reduce the risk of fires by using a sensor that detects ‘hot spot’ areas in your home before a critical burn or acceleration can occur. However, this should not be the only sensor you use in your home. You should still install smoke alarms throughout your home to warn you when a fire has occurred in your home. When seconds counts, adding a secondary device to help locate an area that is on fire is also a safe way to help the family plan an emergency escape if a fire does occur in the home.
You should never try to put out a fire on your own without the proper gear, and/or fire suppression equipment. This is when most injuries occur when the resident tries to control the blaze that has already begun to grow out of control. You should get out immediately, and then call the fire department to help put out the fire when there is a possibility of physical harm or injury.
You should never leave flammable foods unattended, and you should always keep small children safely away from burners and stove tops. You should always place cookies on a table top instead of counter tops when small children are around. By limiting the curiosity of children you also help limit the chance of the child getting burned from the stove top or oven.