Posted: Thursday 21st November 2019

Herts Careline, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) & Unicook were pipped to the post in the national Security and Fire Excellence Awards 2019 which were held in London last night.

The nominated project celebrated the success of the three Public, Private and not for profit organisations partners joining forces to pioneer the first-ever use of an innovative life-saving fire safety device – Stove Guard - connected to a telecare response centre in the UK. 

Unlike smoke detectors which raise an alarm when a fire starts, the Stove Guard product prevents a fire from starting. The device cuts the power if a pan gets too hot, food starts to burn or a pan boils dry. This gives older and vulnerable people their independence to stay living in their own home whilst reducing their risk of coming to harm when cooking. When the device cuts the cooker off, an alert is sent to Herts Careline’s 24/7 Control Room.

David Martins-Hesp, Assistive Technologies Officer for North Hertfordshire District Council, on behalf of Herts Careline said: "Thank you to Security and Fire Excellence Awards for recognising our achievements, we’re delighted to be recognised for our pioneering project. We are always looking for new technologies to help the residents of Hertfordshire, and Stove Guard provides a means of significantly reducing the risk of domestic fires and keeping people independent and safer in their own homes."

Steve Holton, Area Commander, HFRS, said: "Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service along with partners Unicook and Herts Careline were shortlisted in last nights prestigious Security and Fire Excellence Awards. The three organisations came together to celebrate the use of an innovative fire safety device connected to a telecare provider. The nomination showcases Public, Private and not for profit organisations coming together to benefit the community and keep people safe from fire." 

Peter Holland of Unicook said: "We’re delighted to have shortlisted for the Security and Fire Excellence Awards and hope that this will raise the profile of this important development in fire prevention technology. Our vision is that it will be used in the UK as it is in Finland – the country of invention - to improve the quality of life of the elderly and vulnerable and provide peace of mind for relatives and carers."

Fire team photo