The Lumkani fire detector is a heat detector which is not sensitive to smoke. This device rates the rise of temperature.
In dense informal settlements, fires spread rapidly. Causing large scale disaster in a short space of time. This device measures how quickly a home gets hot. Therefore rapid rise in room temperature can be detected quickly. The slow rise in temperature as the room warms up during the day will not affect this alarm.
Traditional smoke detectors are inappropriate for informal homes because various smoke emitting devices are used daily for cooking, lighting and heating. Furthermore smoke detectors are very difficult to dispose of due to the radioactive sources used. Consequently the disposal charge is greater than the sale price for a smoke detector. Therefore it is crucial that traditional smoke detectors are correctly disposed of at designated hazardous waste collection sites and not via household dustbins.
Additionally, the Lumkani fire detector is a smart networked device. If the original device that was set off is not muted within 20 seconds, it will notify other Lumkani devices in a 60 metre radius of the fire. Thus creating a community wide alert to the danger. This critical early warning enables residents to deal with the problem quickly. This device also enables fire service to pinpoint the GPS of where the fire started.