Building energy management system Prefect Controls has announced that it is celebrating its kitchen platform HobSensus for its wins at the Safety Innovation Awards 2023.
The hob safety device was announced winner of the Safety Innovation Award 2023 at the Electrical Safety First annual conference hosted by Business Technology Editor at The Times Katie Prescott.
Recognised by Government and the wider industry as a respected authority on electrical safety, the campaigning organisation aims to reduce death and injury caused by electricity.
Because of this, Electrical Safety First works with manufacturers, retailers, and consumer groups, to improve safety regulations and standards.
The Safety Innovation Award – now in its seventh year – recognises excellence of product safety initiatives within the industry.
“Recognition from an authority like Electrical Safety First demonstrates the scale of the issue that exists with kitchen fires. It would be reassuring if this type of device became as commonplace as CO2 and smoke monitors.”Adrian Barber, Marketing Manager, Prefect Controls
HobSensus was born out of a long-established relationship that Prefect has enjoyed with providers of student accommodation.
Several customers discussed with Prefect an issue they had with cooking appliances being left switched on when unattended. This causes alarms to trigger and, in some unfortunate cases, fire.
The system was developed specifically for the student market; however, its successful performance and recognition has led to Prefect hoping that kitchen doors will open a wider market, and make kitchens safer for people living with dementia, in hostels, holiday parks and domestic dwellings.
The judges were particularly impressed with the HobSensus’ products sensor and time safety features, robust manufacturing, the ease of retrofitting, and its affordability.
Adrian Barber from Prefect Controls received the award on behalf of the company from Managing Director at ProductIP Maarten van der Dussen.
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