About The Active Alarm
The Active Alarm is the first and only automatic device that can prevent home fires. Simply plug your stove into the Active Alarm and then plug the Active Alarm into the wall. Once your smoke alarm sounds, the Active Alarm hears the alarm and cuts the power to the stove thereby preventing the fire.
The Active Alarm was conceived by firefighter Peter Thorpe as he consistently went on fire calls where someone had left something cooking on the stove. Sometimes, the home or building is in flames. Peter thought: “there has to be a way to stop the fire once the smoke alarm is blaring before the fire starts.”
What does the Active Alarm do?
Active Alarm cuts off power to the heat source. Stove fires can smoke for hours before actually igniting into flame. The Active Alarm hears when the smoke alarm is activated and cuts the power to the stove. This removes the power source from the potential fire causing material and stops the fire before it starts.
Is the Active Alarm necessary?
The number one location of home fires is in the kitchen. The number one cause of kitchen fires… unattended cooking. Have you ever left the kitchen with something cooking and forgotten about it? Have you ever left home wondering if you turned off the oven or stove? Have you experienced a home fire or know someone who has?
In the United States, over 150,000 fires are caused each year just by unattended cooking. These cooking fires cause over $750 million in property damage. Still other fires are caused by clothes dryers and other appliances.
By stopping the fire during the smoking phase, the Active Alarm can prevent these fires and save billions of dollars in property damage. There is no other fire prevention device that prevents the fire before it starts.
We think Smokey the Bear would be proud.
If a fire starts in your home while you’re there, you’d probably hear the fire alarm and investigate the smoke. You may then call the fire department. If you’re not there, hopefully the neighbors notice the smoke from the house and call the fire department to drive over and put it out. But with an Active Alarm, as soon as the fire alarm sounds, Active Alarm starts counting down from 3 minutes. If the smoke alarm stops sounding within 3 minutes or if you turn off the appliance, the Active Alarm knows you took care of it. Otherwise, Active Alarm cuts power to the appliance, thereby preventing a fire and stopping the smoke.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I accidentally set off my smoke alarm while cooking?
The Active Alarm has an intelligent 3 minute delay that allows those of us who aren’t the best cooks to clear out the smoke before the Active Alarm cuts the power to the stove. The 3 minutes is plenty of time to clear out smoke or shut off the smoke alarm before the Active Alarm interrupts the power supply to the stove.
How can I reset the Active Alarm?
The Active Alarm is reset by flipping the breaker in your electrical panel off and back on again. This way you won’t have to pull out your stove if you need to reset the unit.
What Kind Of Appliances Does The Active Alarm Work With?
The device currently works with stove and oven units using 220 volt power. Our device currently doesn't work outside of the US or Canada.
How Did You Develop Active Alarm?
First, we created a bread board to figure out which circuit type would work best. Then, we moved into 110V circuit boards to get a basic feel for the space and components that would be required. After that, we created several 220V prototypes to get a sense of the look and the feel. Our next stage of development is to create a user-ready device.
The Next (and final) Step
We have made some amazing progress in developing the Active Alarm. We are now at the final stage of development. The funds raised using Indiegogo will go towards costs of finalized engineering, ETL certification, and mold and manufacturing costs. We have partnered up with a local design firm and lab for final design specs and a local manufacturing company to build the units. We are excited to be so close to the finish line of getting these built!
The alarm concept was created by firefighter Peter Thorpe. He got together with his trusted engineering friends, Michael and Zack, who engineered the device. Then Rhett joined to help people learn about the device and bring it to as many homes in the U.S. as possible.
We need your help, Indiegogo! We have a working prototype already developed. We need your help to finalize the manufacturing of these devices. So tell someone you know who might think this device is cool or important. And above all, back us!
Note on perks: The t-shirt and first aid kits have estimated delivery of November 2012. The Active Alarm units have an estimated deliver by Spring 2013.