Serving up safety in the kitchen

Crosslane is a student accommodation real estate company specialising in acquiring, developing and managing purpose-built student accommodation assets across the UK and Europe.

In September 2019, it completed Trinity View, a new-build development in central Coventry, which is managed by Prime Student Living, part of the Crosslane Group Earlier this year, following a review and subsequent future-proofing advice from their insurance company, Adam Bennett, a Crosslane Senior Project Manager, was tasked with installing some additional safety measures to ensure hobs within the kitchens couldn’t be left on inadvertently and fire doors couldn’t be wedged open. He says: “I was looking for high quality, practical solutions. In a previous role I had experience of Prefect Controls, who are better known for their heating controls, but I recalled they provided safety equipment too, I was very comfortable using their products. HobSafe was perfect for the kitchens - affordable, reliable, easy to install and robust enough to cope with vigorous use!” HobSafe is designed to prevent hobs from being left on if the person preparing food is distracted. It is installed between the power supply and the hob, usually next to the main cooker switch. When the button is pressed the power connection is made and the hob will operate in the usual way. The in-built timer can be set to 15, 20, 30 or 45 minutes and when the time elapses the hob is switched off, if more time is needed the cook simply presses the button again. The DorWatchers are a magnetic device fitted to both the door and the frame, typically on kitchen and fire doors in student accommodation. If the door remains open for more than a minute an alarm will sound, alerting people in the locale, and prompting them to close the door to prevent the drift of smoke from cooking to corridors where fire alarms could be activated.

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