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Expert Review – Automatic Stovetop Fire Extinguisher Without Stove Turn Off



StoveTop FireStop

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MANUFACTURER
Williams-Pyro, Inc.

COST
$53 - 57.00. Sold in pairs. 2 are needed for a typical 4-burner stove.

VENDORS
Stovetop Firestop, a division of Williams-Pyro, Inc.

Louisville Fire and Safety

DISCLAIMER
The listing of these products is for informational purposes and individuals must use their own caution and judgment when using these resources. Functional levels and changes in judgment and reasoning are highly variable in people with dementia. Interventions must be individualized and continually assessed because those that are effective for some individuals may only work briefly and may not work at all for others.

DESCRIPTION
These automatic fire extinguisher canisters attach magnetically in the range hood over the stove. When a stovetop fire occurs and the flame reaches the canisters, the fire suppressing powder is automatically released onto the fire. After the stove has been turned off and is cool to the touch, clean up with a vacuum and wet cloth.

If the person you care for has a microwave above the stove instead of a rangehood, you'll need a different product. Contact the manufacturer for their StoveTop Fire Stop Microhood product.

Before You Buy
The range hood must have
1) Open space on both sides of the exhaust, so the product can be attached – otherwise, you'll need to replace the range hood. Look for a model with a dementia-friendly quiet fan.
2) Clearance of 24 to 32 inches between the stovetop and the rangehood.

Installation
You'll need to give the rangehood a good scrub before installing. These canisters are fairly easy to install – no tools are required – but you need good finger dexterity to attach the magnet to the can.

PROS
Automatically dispenses in a fire – person with dementia does not need to know how to use it.

When activated, a very loud pop occurs, which can alert a person to the fire.

Non-toxic and easy to install – cans are attached to the underside of the range hood with a built-in magnet.

No maintenance required – only needs to be replaced every 5 years.

CONS
Does NOT turn off the stove – the fire may reignite if the heat source is not shut off.

Not intended for deep fat frying – when activated, the device could cause grease fires to splash, spreading the fire.

CAUTION
This product only dispenses onto the stovetop surface and only when the flames reach the cans. If flammable materials nearby the stove catch on fire, a regular fire extinguisher is needed to put out the flames.

A person with dementia living alone may not know how to turn the stove off or how to clean up the discharged powder if a fire occurs.

Before usage, instruct the person on what to do if a fire occurs; also leave written instructions.

If a fire occurs, take action – more supervision is required.

Regularly assess that it's still safe for the care receiver to cook independently. At some point, all people with dementia will need to be supervised in the kitchen.


Product Selection Criteria

Our goal is to teach you how to be a good consumer and to help you learn about specific products and unique product features that may enhance your safety and the safety and function of the person with dementia. The products shown in This Caring Home serve as examples only. Manufacturers continually change product specifications and the products represented may be different from those now on the market.

We realize this is not an all-inclusive list. Products featured in This Caring Home were chosen for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Affordability
  • Attractiveness
  • Availability
  • Color selection
  • Ease of use
  • Quality
  • Safety
We encourage you to discuss product selection with other caregivers and health care professionals.


How We Tested

"ThisCaringHome.org tested many products that are commonly recommended for best practices to identify the best use of these products and any potential problems in their use by caregivers and individuals with dementia. Each product included in an Expert Review was tested in a home environment, either an apartment or a single family home (or both), by at least two people. Rosemary Bakker, interior designer, gerontologist and dementia specialist, was one of the testers for every product. Whenever possible, we tested the product over time, sometimes days, weeks, or months, for:
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Potential safety issues
As a result of our testing, we're listing the pros and cons for using these products and including safety precautions for various products. These products were not tested by persons with dementia. We hope in the future to do case studies to learn more about what works and what doesn't work in a larger variety of caregiving situations and home environments."

Products listed on our website but not tested by ThisCaringHome.org are referred to as "Product Listings".



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