FAQs

Q: What is a HomeSenser?
A: The HomeSenser is a device designed to shut-off your stove even when you don't! A small warning system attaches to your stove and gives visual and auditory signals to remind you to stay near the stove while cooking, but shuts off the stove if you forget.


Q:
Is the HomeSenser easy to operate?
A: Yes.  Although the HomeSenser uses state-of-the-art technology, it is simple to use. In fact, it was originally designed for a senior with Alzheimer’s.

Q: How much does the HomeSenser cost?
A:
A single unit costs $330. Compared to the cost of assisted living or live-in companions, it is a life-saving bargain.

Q: Is the HomeSenser hard to install?
A: Installation is a snap and does not require an electrician. Click here for instructions.

Q: How do I order the HomeSenser?  
A: You can purchase the HomeSenser on this website or by calling our toll free number: 1-877-785-9901.

Q: Do you have brochures I can send family members? 
A: Informational brochures and instruction manuals can be downloaded. Click here.
Or we are happy to mail them to you. Send your name and mailing address to:
HomeSense Enterprises, LLC
463 Locust St.
Akron, Ohio 44307

Q: Does the HomeSenser require me to stand at the stove the entire time I am cooking?
A: The National Fire Prevention Association warns: “Never leave your cooking unattended.”  HomeSenser helps remind individuals who walk away from the stove and forget they are cooking.
Our device sounds a warning signal within 6 minutes after the stove is left unattended.
Additional warnings are given for the next 2 minutes before the stove shuts off.

Q: Is the HomeSenser for both electric and gas stoves?
A: The HomeSenser is currently available for the electric stove only. Other products are in development. E-mail us if you would like to be notified when new products are available.

Q: Do you have other safety products
A: In addition to developing a HomeSenser for gas stoves, we are working on CommonSenser, a safety device for appliances and other electrical devices, such as coffee pots, toasters, curling irons and space heaters. CommonSenser is scheduled to be available in 2010. Click here if you want to pre-order or be notified when it is available.

Q: What behaviors cause residential cooking fires
A: Cooking fires are not limited to seniors. In a 10-city study of the behavioral causes of cooking fires, nearly 75% of the 2,085 residential cooking fires were caused by men and women between the ages of 19-49. The study was conducted by the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM).
These adults of parenting age are setting a questionable example for their children. However, educating the children with safety messages can effectively reach these parents. For children's cooking safety tips Click here. For more information, go to www.appliance.com. “Cooking Safety: Children See, Children Do”

Q: Who benefits from using the HomeSenser?
A: Everybody! Trade worry for peace of mind. HomeSenser helps:

  • Families who want to help elder parents and dependent loved ones remain independent and safe.
  • Parents who want to help children be safe when they are home alone.  People with hearing and visual impairments, thanks to HomeSenser’s colored lights and audible warning signals.
  • The passive nature of the device is ideal for memory impaired, developmentally delayed or brain-injured individuals. 
  • Residential services with multiple individuals using the stove. 
  • People like you and me. Have you ever been away from home and wondered if you turned off the stove?
 


Q: Why are Older People
at Risk?

A: They may be less able to take the quick action necessary in a fire emergency.
They may be on medication that affects their ability to make quick decisions.
Many older people live alone and when accidents happen others may not be around to help.

Older adults are 2.5 times
more likely to die in fires
than the overall population.

Adults age 65 and older are 2.5 times more likely to die in fires than the overall population, and as Americans age, their fire risk increases, according to a new report issued 7-19-06 by the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

"Fires occurring in the home and in various health care settings for older adults are often preventable," said Charlie Dickinson, Deputy United State Fire Administrator. "Because the older population accounts for a substantial portion of the nation's fire death and injuries, it's important that we take steps to reduce this problem."

According to 2002 National Fire Incident Reporting System, 34% of the people who died in residential structure fires and 14% of the people who were injured were age 65 and older.

- U.S. Fire Administration
New Release: 7.19.06



 
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