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Stove Guard approved for use in all European Union Countries

Innohome's Stove Guard model SGK500 has become the first product to be certified under the new European Union standard EN 50615 for devices for fire prevention and suppression for electric hobs. Published in March 2015, the new standard introduces requirements for all cooker safety products, aiming to decrease the amount of kitchen and house fires across the EU.

As a result, Stove Guard SGK500 in now the only device of its kind approved by The Norwegian Insurance Approval Board, The Association of Stove Guard Standard in Sweden and by The Federation of Finnish Financial Services.

Cookers cause over a half of house fires, usually due to user error and risky usage habits. Most could be prevented with cooker safety products such as Stove Guard. The new EU standard will bring clarity to the market and those wishing to improve their home fire safety to purchase an effective solution like Stove Guard with absolute confidence.

Innohome Managing Director Pertti Haavisto and Technical Director Juhani Tulkki with certificates from
the Federation of Finnish Financial Services.

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Innovation for Independence

supportspaceTM - where we came from, where we are, and where we are going

By Max Zadow, Managing Director, Future Coders Limited

With mayoral endorsement & NHS recognition, supportspace’s gathering steam has been given a boost by the Inclusive Technology Prize, but it’s been some time in the making. supportspace has been four years in development. That is a long time for something to be so crucial for my life, but wins like becoming an Inclusive Technology Prize finalist make it all worthwhile.

In 2011, I put in for some Smart Award funding to see if an idea I had about a mobile application to support personal budgets was a good one. This was back when Innovate UK was the Technology Strategy Board, and Smart had less applications for its Proof of Market Fund. I asked for £18k, got it, quit my job and started my company (as well as a new phase of my life).

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Building in user feedback from the get-go

While I am a disabled person myself, and the idea was built around some reports I read around Personal Budgets and their uptake, I wanted to check my idea would resonate with other disabled and older people. So I held a number of focus groups with people with direct payments. They were shown mock-ups of an application around Personal Budgets, one around crowdsourcing data on building access, and an app to report poor access. They liked the Personal Budgets one best and gave useful information as to why and issues around multiple impairments. Important, because all disabled people are different in their needs.

Investing in knowledge: understanding our key partners

Next I spoke to potential commissioners in Local Authorities Adult Social Care Departments and the NHS. Learning to navigate those waters was something I found surprisingly difficult. There are some deep politics involved: personal, organisational, national. Still, we needed these organisations’ buy-in, so I had to become competent in how they operate and interact, and what their priorities were for the product.

Let’s not forget building the app!

Then there was the little matter of making the app. This took 2 years, an investment from Creative England’s NHS Digital Fund, several changes of team and a lot of pain. A year ago I thought I was almost there and partnered with a company specialising in marketing products in the Health and Social Care sector (Care Innovation). It has taken us till now to make something robust enough to launch. More on this process in the future.

Recent successes: mayoral endorsement, NHS recognition & developing partnerships

So, now we have a working early version, a Beta, ready for testing, and with some extra rocket fuel provided by winning a finalist place for the Inclusive Technology Prize. This has won us:

Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool expressing his delight and backing for a project that promoted Liverpool’s ambitions to be a center of Health and Social Care Technology.

Supportspace being accepted by NHS England as an NHS Test Beds Innovator. As a result, Supportspace was on show to NHS organisations from all over England at a Meet and Greet session at the Oval on 29th July and we look forward starting NHS Personal Budget support trials in the near future.

We are also in discussions with two local authorities and a pair of disability charities that should see supportspace field trials for Direct Payment commence in September.

Till next time...

 Max Zadow is a disabled person. Max has a degree in Jurisprudence from Oxford University, a Masters in New Media Production from Liverpool John Moores University and has worked in the Creative and Digital Sector for 17 years. While Max spent 3 years working directly for the BBC, he worked for the largest amount of time for small games and new media studios where employees are expected to have many roles and skills. Max is the managing Director of two companies: Future Coders and Digital Creativity in Disability.


Innovation for Independence

Congratulations to 10 finalists!

Published On 30 June 2015 by: ZPaczkowska

The Inclusive Technology Prize seeks to inspire innovations in assistive technology. The Prize is now moving into its final stage and we're thrilled to announce our 10 finalists. We can now share who are finalists are and how the Inclusive Technology Prize will support them to develop their products and demonstrate the impact that they could have on the lives of disabled people, their friends, families and carers.

Many people rely on assistive technologies in their everyday lives but there's a strong feeling that, for the most part, the development and manufacture of these aids, systems and products has not kept pace with the use of new technologies, materials, design and manufacturing processes as seen in other areas. The Inclusive Technology Prize seeks to tackle this challenge.

Run by Nesta, with support from the Office for Disability Issues, Innovate UK, The Department for Business Innovation and Skills and Irwin Mitchell, and in partnership with Leonard Cheshire Disability, the Inclusive Technology Prize is designed to inspire technological innovations in assistive products, systems and aids and encourage co-creation with disabled people.

From more than 200 applications to 10 finalists

In March our judges and assessors selected 25 semi-finalists from over 200 applications. Each semi-finalist was entitled to financial and tailored non-financial support to help them create development plans, outlining the potential of their ideas. In June, we held a second judging panel which saw the selection of our 10 finalists on the basis of their development plans.

We would like to thank all of our semi-finalists for their efforts and wish them every success in the future. The high quality of all their ideas made choosing our 10 finalists exceptionally difficult.

What support will the finalists receive?

The ten finalists will now each receive £10,000 as well the offer of tailored non-financial support from Irwin Mitchell and Leonard Cheshire Disability. This financial and non-financial support is designed to help our finalists prototype their products, test them with users and create viable business plans. You can expect blogs and regular updates on our finalists' work over the next few months.

A winner will be selected from the finalists in March 2016 and awarded £50,000 to help bring their product to market.

Who are the finalists?

We are thrilled to announce our 10 finalists and look forward to seeing how their innovative ideas develop!

10. Supportspace Future Coders and Care Innovation

Supportspace is a multi-platform application that connects Personal Care Budget recipients with support workers and the Social Services agency that administers funding. Future Coders and Care Innovation believe that this will be a great empowering tool for disabled persons and a time and money saving device for statutory authorities.


Student kitchens get smart stove guards to prevent fire

Posted On 28 Apr 2015 at 8:03 am by: Jo Wadsworth

Stove Guards have been fitted in Brighton student kitchens in a bid to prevent fires.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service and the University of Brighton have teamed up to install the sensors, which monitor the use of the hob and identify when there is a steep rise in temperature, auomatically turning off electricity or gas supplies.


Andy Reynolds, Director of Protection and Prevention from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said: “This technology is relatively new in the UK and we are very pleased the University of Brighton is working in partnership with us to help cut the number of fires and indeed false alarms on campus.

“People being distracted while cooking is a big problem. These devices mean that the chances of having a serious fire are reduced, without having to rely on someone being in the room to do something.

“They can also be particularly useful in homes where using the hob becomes high risk due to a person’s advanced age, Alzheimer’s or dementia, disability, or learning difficulties.

“We are now planning to work with other organisations, such as assisted living homes, to help them identify where this life saving technology can make a real difference.”

In 2014, 45 devices were fitted to newly refurbished student kitchens. After this successful trial period, an additional 109 units have now been installed in the remainder of the University of Brighton halls of residence.

The University of Brighton fire safety manager, Phil Thompson, said: “We have long had a strategy of charging students for deliberate acts of causing fire alarm activations of interfering with equipment.

“More recently we have been fitting warning devices to kitchen doors to prevent them from being held open, and now this is the third part of our strategy – the fitting of these devices to every cooker to prevent cooker top fires.”

If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact or call 0303 999 1000 and ask for community safety.

New device prevents fires in the homes of the vulnerable


Derry has become the first city in Northern Ireland to try out a specialised shut off cooker device that helps prevent fires.

This week the Northern Ireland Fire Service endorsed the Stove Guard, a unique system that has been installed in the Leonard Cheshire House in the Waterside. Leonard Cheshire is a leading charity supporting people with brain injuries and disabilities to live independently in Derry.

The device is part of a partnership between the charity and the Fire Service in which free advice and home fire safety checks are given to people who are being supported by LCD. The stove guards stop fires before they happen by activating an alarm when the heat becomes excessive and cutting off the power before a fire begins to start.

Stove guards work by analysing the temperature on the surface of the hob and switches the power off. 100,000 of these devices have already been fitted in the UK with no accidents reported to date. Speaking at the launch in Derry Assistant Chief Fire Officer Dale Ashford said: “NIFRS is pleased to support our partners LCD in the use of these specialised stove guards and automatic cooker shut off devices, to help protect vulnerable people from the dangers of fire.

“For some people with a disability, the protection, support and reassurance that assistive fire technologies in their home can bring are immense. They enable them to remain living independently in the community whilst greatly reducing the risk of fire in their home."

“One life lost in an accidental house fire is one too many and we remain steadfast in our commitment to zero deaths from house fires in Northern Ireland. Prevention is essential. We don’t want to have to send crews to fires."

"We continue to work together with LCD and other partner agencies across the statutory, voluntary and community groups to target those most at risk and reach a stage where we have no fatalities due to accidental house fires,” Dale Ashford said.

Tonya McCormac, Director of Operations NI, Leonard Cheshire Disability NI said: “Leonard Cheshire Disability is committed to supporting disabled people to live independently in the community. By working in partnership with NIFRS we are able to deliver a co-ordinated approach to fire safety using new technologies and innovation to reduce the potential risk of fire for people with disabilities. We are delighted to have this opportunity to work more closely with NIFRS and are fully committed to enhance fire protection and prevention for disabled people in their own homes.”

She revealed how these devices are currently mandatory in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable in Norway. Four will now be installed in the living area units of the Cheshire house which is staffed with support workers who are on hand to help residents when cooking. Once the four residents have trialed the Stoveguard, the charity said they will look at expanding and installing them in more living areas in the units at the house in the Waterside.


​"From Awareness to Action" Report Launched

 19 January 2015


The Parliamentary launch of 'From Awareness to Action' - the All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group's new inquiry report - took place on Monday 19th January in Parliament.

Attendees heard from inquiry co-Chair Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, and other contributing Advisory Board appcogreport2015-hirescoverimage.jpgmembers, including David Palferman (HSE), Scott Darroch (Gas Safe Register), Roland Wessling (Cranfield University) and Barry Sheerman MP (APPCOG). A short Q&A session followed the speeches, focussing on the best ways of taking forward the 21 recommendations within the report.

The report is available to download here, and printed copies are also available.

The report follows a 9-month inquiry process, undertaken by an Advisory Board of academics, industry figures, parliamentarians and others. Carbon monoxide gas can come from many sources and exposure can happen in numerous different environments, and so the inquiry took evidence from a range of organisations and individuals. This means that myriad behaviours were considered in designing interventions to promote CO safety, and the report reflects this.

The inquiry report provides recommendations and guidance for improving carbon monoxide safety in the short and long term. For more details, please get in touch.

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