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Smoke/Heat Detectors and Temperature Extremes Sensors

Assistive Technology Smoke and/or Heat Detectors are ideal for people who wouldn't recognise that they are in danger if a conventional smoke alarm were to sound in their home, perhaps as a result of mental health issues or learning difficulties.  

Temperature Extremes Sensors, on the other hand, can also assist where a person is at risk of getting too cold, perhaps because they leave their doors and windows open or forget to put their heating on.

They can also be helpful for those who experience extreme difficulties with their mobility and would need help to evacuate their home in the event of a fire.

Assistive Technology Smoke and Temperature Extremes Sensors

How does it work?

On sensing smoke, the Assistive Technology Smoke Detector emits an alarm within the property and automatically places a call through to the Support Centre via the Lifeline unit. The call displays in the Support Centre as a smoke alarm, so we are immediately aware that there could potentially be a fire in the property.

Since Assistive Technology Smoke Detectors are not suitable for use in the kitchen, Heat Detectors are also available that use a Thermistor sensor to register extreme heat instead of smoke. This means they can be used in the kitchen, or any areas with a high level of fumes or dust.

Temperature Extremes Sensors provide an early warning of extreme high temperatures, but will also register extreme cold too.

A Temperature Extremes Sensor will sound if:

  • Temperature falls to less than 5°C and remains that way for 30 mins
  • Temperature rises above 30°C and remains that way for 30 mins
  • Temperature rises at a rate of 8°C per minute

All Assistive Technology equipment will put a call through to the Support Centre once triggered, giving an Officer the opportunity to communicate through the Lifeline Unit to minimise false alarms or contact the Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service or next of kin as appropriate.


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Bill lives alone and generally manages to live independently. However, his family started to notice the occasional lapse in judgement and suspect the onset of Dementia.

While visiting her father one evening, Bill's daughter Katherine noticed he had left the oven on with his meal still inside and became concerned that he was at risk of accidentally starting a fire. Worse still, Katherine couldn't be sure that he would respond to his current smoke alarm as it seemed he had disregarded his kitchen timer, depsite taking it through to the living room with him. Katherine arranged the installation of an Assistive Technology Smoke Detector in her father's hallway and now feels reassured that the Support Centre would arrange immediate assistance in the event of a fire.

Arthur is a heavy smoker. He asked his friend to remove the smoke alarm that was already installed in his flat as he got sick of it sounding every time he wanted a cigarette.

Arthur has been known to fall asleep with a lit cigarette and although he has woken up to find the patches of the carpet beginning to smoulder, he has thankfully never had a serious fire break out.

Following a visit from a Home Safety Advisor at the Fire Service, Arthur agreed to the installation of a Heat Detector. This doesn't sound when he is smoking, but would alert the Support Centre in the event that a fire was started.

Sarah lives alone and is growing increasingly concerned about the amount she is paying out for her gas and electricity.

Sarah's friend Edith visits from time to time and was shocked to find the property so cold last time she visited Sarah. After asking her why it was so cold, Sarah told her that she had worked out she could save a little bit of money if she didn't use her central heating during the Winter months.

Edith knows that like her, Sarah suffers with COPD which makes her more susceptible to pneumonia if she catches a cold or has the flu. She helps Sarah to claim for financial assistance to help with her fuel payments, but is worried that since Sarah is now in the habit of turning off the heating, she may continue to do so. Edith arranged to have a Temperature Extremes sensor fitted in Sarah's living room so she can make sure that Sarah stays warm in the cold weather.

If you think you or someone you know would benefit from having a Smoke or Heat Detector or a Temperature Extreme Sensor Detector, you can: