Stove & Grill Guards
Leaving a stove or grill burner turned on by accident is a common occurrence. We all absentmindedly make these mistakes from time to time. It can be shocking to wake up in the morning and find that you left your stove on all night. The is a huge waste of energy, and it can result in higher bills. Worse yet, it could lead to a fire. But with a stove and grill guard, you will receive an alert from security system to let you know of the situation. You will then know to turn off the grill or stove burner.
The way that stove and grill guards work is by rotation. Most burners are controlled by rotating a knob. You secure the stove and grill guard to this knob. If the knob is rotated far beyond the usual off positioning, the stove and grill guard will send a trouble condition to the panel. This will be easy for you to recognize, and you will take the appropriate action by shutting off the energy source.
Stove and grill guards are great for pairing with an interactive service platform like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com. These services allow you to receive trouble condition notifications to your phone and/or email. This means that you can actually have an alert sent to your phone when your stove or grill guard zone is in a troubled state. You are much more likely to check your phone than your stove or grill burner knob. Most users will notice the situation relatively quickly.
However, you don't necessarily want to receive alerts every time you use your stove or grill. That is why many users will set up time-specific notifications for their stove and grill guards. For instance, a user might know that they are extremely unlikely to cook anything after 10pm. They might tell Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com to only send them alerts for their stove and grill guard between the hours of 10pm and 7am. And if they know that they are working during the day, they might also schedule alerts between 9am and 5pm.
Even if the stove and grill guard zone is faulted outside of these usual cooking times, the panel will still display the faulted zone. The end user will still know to turn off the burner before leaving their home and arming their system. For example, let's say the user cooks breakfast and forgets to turn off their burner. Now it's 8:30am, and they are about to Arm Away and leave for work. Even if the end user is not scheduled to receive notifications at this time, the faulted stove and grill zone will still be displayed. The user can make a quick dash over to their stove, turn it off, and Arm Away like usual.
Please note that almost all stove and grill guards are wireless devices. You will need to use stove and grill guards that are compatible with your security system. This is determined by wireless frequency. Make sure you select stove and grill guards that communicate at a frequency compatible with your system.