Fire Safety, Smart Home

How does FireAngel Thermistek technology work?

FireAngel’s Engineering Manager, James Thurston, explains how Thermistek enhanced technology is used in FireAngel’s Specification heat alarms to provide a rapid, reliable reaction in the event of a fire.

Whilst BS 5839-6: 2019 (also known as BS 5839 Pt.6) recommends the installation of multi-sensor smoke alarm technology throughout the home, only heat and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms are suitable for installation in a kitchen.

Given nearly 50% of domestic fires start in the kitchen, it is paramount that your heat alarm has the latest state-of-the-art technology to quickly detect the presence of fire. With this in mind, FireAngel would recommend installing a heat alarm with intelligent Thermistek technology.

Thermistek heat alarms are recommended for placing directly in kitchens as they won’t nuisance alarm from cooking fumes and in unconverted loft spaces or garages where there may be high levels of fumes or dust.

What is FireAngel’s Thermistek technology?

Used in FireAngel’s range of advanced heat alarms, Thermistek technology uses an algorithm to ensure a rapid response to detecting a fire in a property.

Each heat alarm has a unique radiant heat dish which reflects directional heat from the fire onto the thermistor allowing a faster reaction to fire than conventional heat alarms. It constantly monitors for temperature change using a predictive algorithm.

If an increase in temperature is detected, the rate of rise is measured and if predicted to exceed a predetermined threshold will sound the alarm. This predictive quality provides a quicker response time in rapidly increasing temperatures

If the temperature is rising at a dangerous rate the alarm is primed for activation providing a quicker reaction to fires.

What benefits does Thermistek technology provide?

Thermistek technology

With Thermistek, residents will benefit from a fast reaction to heat in real alarm conditions in a domestic environment – as opposed to just theoretical conditions or test situations.

With our connected range of heat alarms, data is used to continue to support the UK’s Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) with their forensic analysis of alarms that have been involved in a fire incident.

When paired with FireAngel Predict®, this data is working to transform how the Service provide and manage fire safety for vulnerable residents.

The data collected from heat alarms is vital to this service. As heat alarms are much more difficult to trigger an alarm than smoke detectors and due to the nature of where they need to be placed in a property, such as a kitchen, if a heat alarm activates the likelihood of a fire being serious is higher.

Enhanced technology: Extra fire safety features

Thermistek technology

All FireAngel enhanced heat alarms include a sealed for life battery and low profile, modern aesthetic design. Larger terminal blocks and simple two part installation of our mains powered alarm range, ensures installation is quick and simple for both new build and retrofit sites.

With simple testing capability and multi-sensor technology, it also limits the number of false alarms and contractor call backs to site.

FireAngel Specification range, featuring Thermistek technology, also include:

  • Ability to be built into hybrid networks of interlinked mains and/or battery powered devices, and when one sounds, they all sound
  • Interlinking alarms with locate feature – Silence all but the initiating alarm in a network by pressing the test button
  • Noise identification – When interlinked, each unit will sound a different sound pattern depending on the triggering alarm whether smoke/heat or carbon monoxide
  • Low energy usage – Alarms typically use 90% less power than the average 230V AC smoke alarm
  • Sleep Easy feature – silence low battery chirp for 8 hours, allowing occupant to delay replacement until daylight hours
  • Smart silence – Allows the alarm to be silenced for up to 10 minutes in the event of a known false alarm. During this time if additional smoke is detected then the alarm will sound
  • Features large self-testing button – the first heat alarm in the market to originally incorporate both a heat cap and test button
  • Quiet self-test – a quiet self‑test can be activated by pressing the testing button on CO alarm once to hear a quiet alarm, at least 10dB below the full alarm volume
  • Option of linking to a gateway to enable smart features such as remote testing of alarms and notifications
  • Suitable for homes in England and Wales, as well as Scotland when installed following the detail set out in the new fire & CO regulations

FireAngel Thermistek enhanced heat alarms are at the forefront of fire safety developments. Discover more about our Specification range today.