Automatic stove shutoff: Is there an automatic stove shutoff that is reasonably priced?

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Is there an automatic stove shutoff that is reasonably priced?

Question

My mom and dad still like to cook at home, but I know they've set off their fire alarm a few times over the years by forgetting about their food. Are there automatic stove shutoffs that are a reasonable price?

Our answer

The pleasure and independence that comes with cooking and using the stove can be highly valued by a senior, but forgetting to turn off the burner or stove can create a serious danger to themselves and others in the home. While many automatic stove shut-off devices can be costly, the development of smart homes and devices has made stove monitoring technology more affordable and a possible alternative to consider.

Automatic shut-off or fire extinguishing options that you might want to explore:

  • FireAvert is an American company that has developed a device designed to automatically shut off a stove when the smoke detector sounds. The FireAvert device works by plugging itself between the wall outlet and the stove. When setting up the device, the user synchronizes the device with the sound of their smoke detector. In cases where there’s smoke and the detector begins to sound, the FireAvert device will recognize the smoke detector’s sound and automatically shut off the stove. The FireAvert costs about $150 (U.S.) plus additional shipping fees and can installed for electric stoves (three-prong and four-prong outlets), gas stoves and other appliances as well.
     
  • Auto-Out Venthood (Pair) (at Auto-Out.com) is an automatic fire extinguisher that attaches itself to the inside of a stove or range’s vent hood using commercial-strength magnets. If there are flames on the stovetop, the fire extinguisher is designed to release fire-suppressant powder to smother the fire. This product costs about $45 (U.S.) for two canisters, plus additional shipping fees.

Stove monitoring devices that you might want to consider:

  • Smarturns Intelligent Knobs System by Tochtech Technologies (at Amazon.ca) is a remote stove monitoring device that uses smart knobs, a motion sensor device, Wi-Fi and a smart hub to detect when a stove’s burners have been left on unattended. To monitor the stove’s use, the user or caregiver connects to the hub through the Smarturns app on their smartphone. When the burner is in use and the motion sensor has not detected movement in the kitchen for an extended period of time, the app will send a notification to the user or caregiver’s smartphone. These knobs are designed to work for both electric and gas stoves and cost about $200 (Cdn) for two knobs or $250 (Cdn) for four knobs, plus additional shipping fees.
    Wallflower Stove Monitor
  • Wallflower Stove Monitor (at Wallflower.com) is a stove monitoring device that is designed to use Wi-Fi and a smartphone app to notify the user or the caregiver when the stove is on or has been left on for an extended period of time. The Wallflower device works by plugging itself between the wall outlet and the stove. The device can even send audible alerts from behind the stove if it has been on for longer than usual. Note that the current Wallflower Stove Monitor is an alert and monitoring device and does not shut off your stove; the company is currently developing a version with shut off capability. This device costs about $150 (U.S.) plus a shipping fee.

If you have concerns about someone’s ability to cook safely, it is highly recommended you consult a registered health professional to complete a safety assessment and provide appropriate recommendations.

 

Some technologies and devices may require an in-person assessment. Speak with your health care provider for additional information and support.

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