Cookers left on is one of the most common causes of fire and a major problem for the fire service.

There are many communal kitchen areas that could benefit from HobSafe, such as in hospitals, offices and student halls of residence.

These days the quality of accommodation plays an important part in helping students feel at home when starting their exciting, new educational chapter.

Many universities and colleges are moving away from the old model of catered halls to rooms with en-suite and self-catering facilities providing a more independent living experience with individual or communal kitchen areas.

Prefect Controls Ltd., the company behind Hobsafe, have been manufacturing heating and lighting control systems specifically designed for student accommodation for many years and last year launched this all-new Hobsafe timer specifically for 21st century student living.

But leaving a hob switched on can prove very costly!

At best, a waste of energy, at worst, the unthinkable! But, in between, consider the inconvenience and time wasted for fire crews when an alarm is raised in non-emergency situations. This happens with monotonous regularity. Some fire services now charge for unnecessary call outs, particularly if they occur more than once. Not only is this costly but can also compromise ‘real’ emergencies.

Cookers left on is one of the most common causes of fire and a major problem for the fire service.

Hobsafe, is a timer that prevents hobs being left on should the cook be distracted. The simple to use, easy to install device switches the hob off after a predetermined time, ensuring the kitchen is left safe.

Available as a vertical or horizontal unit, Hobsafe is at home in any kitchen next to the 2-gang cooker switch.

The robust tamper-proof model includes factory set – 15, 20, 30 or 45 minute run times – LED operation light and a re-set button for extended use. Due to the large terminals and switching capacity, electricians find it quick and easy to fit to any electric hob – in most cases in fewer than 30 minutes.

Hobsafe is an inexpensive device giving peace of mind to landlords and accommodation managers looking to improve safety while saving money on energy use, installation and potential call-out charges from the fire service.