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Monday, January 4th, 2021 7:36 PM


Heat Sensor for Fire Alarms

The system needs a heat sensor to place in the kitchen, where you can't use a smoke detector. My old system had one, and I miss having it.

2 years ago

Hello jajones20,

Thank you for taking the time to post this suggestion.

If you are referring to the All New SimpliSafe Systems, it looks like the new Temperature Sensor may just be what you feel you are missing. According to the Device and Sensor Settings for the All New SimpliSafe knowledge article, it is set to trigger the alarm when temperatures fall below 41 degrees or go above 95 degrees Fahrenheit by default; but you can also set it to trigger both above or below any temperature between 0 & 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is listed under the sensors for the All New SimpliSafe

I hope this is helpful.

Christopher R.
SimpliSafe Ambassador

368 Messages

2 years ago

SS can you look into either a Heat Sensor for Kitchen.

Something that monitors constantly and when the heat gets to a set level set off all the alarms...

It is law in UK soon that inter linking smoke alarms link to heat sensor in Kitchen.

With many having smoke alarms already it would be an easy sell the heat sensor.

Equally without the heat sensor it will stop the sale of the smokes.

I did ask UK side over a year ago twice with no success...  even quoted the pages stating when would be law.

Just means I will need to buy a heat sensor and multiple smokes elsewhere which is VERY annoying when I have 5 SS smokes....
Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Heat sensor... SS please create one

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16 days ago

Hello! I am the Fire and Life Safety Educator for the Batesville Fire Department. I am here to renew the conversation about a heat detector. My role involves recommending products and best practices to our community members aimed at promoting their safety. I find interconnected detection devices, such as smoke alarms, particularly vital in this respect. The integration of interconnectivity and monitoring in Simplisafe offerings is a feature I deeply appreciate.

Fires that start in attic spaces pose a significant risk. Given the high amounts of dust in such areas, smoke detectors are not recommended as they can result in nuisance alarms, desensitizing occupants to their warning sound. A more suitable device for these areas is a heat detector.

Simplisafe does offer a Temperature/Freeze Sensor, which some have used as a makeshift heat detector. However, placing these sensors in unfinished areas, like attics, can be problematic. During summertime, attics can easily reach temperatures exceeding 150F, which exceeds the upward operating temperature of 120F for the Simplisafe Temperature sensor.

To address this, I propose Simplisafe consider developing heat detectors in two design forms:

  • Fixed Temperature Heat Detector: These detectors activate once the temperature exceeds a fixed threshold. Recommended thresholds are 135F for unfinished garages or basements, and 200F for unfinished attics and crawl spaces.
  • Rate-of-Rise Heat Detector: These detectors activate when there's a rapid temperature rise, typically 12F-15F per minute, regardless of the initial temperature. This detector operates effectively even in lower temperature fire conditions, unlike Fixed Temperature Detectors.
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