The Perks of Having a Wallflower: Remote Access to Reduce Incidents in Your Home

Welcome to our weekly home automation product coverage—features that get you in-the-know on the latest connected home technology in less than two minutes.

We’ve all been there. You’re in a rush to leave the house. You grab your belongings, your near-perfect pot of chili for your work’s competition, jump in the car, and make your way down the road when you suddenly feel like something isn’t quite right.

Did I forget my wallet? 
Did I leave the garage door open?

In many cases, the answer is neither. You left the stove on. That feeling of insecurity and questionable panic is validated.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, the number one cause of house fires in the United States is the result of unattended cooktops or cooking equipment. While you can practice top-notch safety measures when it comes to your kitchen, sometimes diligence isn’t enough.

Unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires.
Unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires.

That’s why Victor Jablokov created a device that monitors any gas or electric cooking appliance—Wallflower.


This smart home app gives consumers remote access to monitor and control their stoves through their smart phones. If someone leaves the house without turning the stove off, Wallflower will notify the homeowner through his or her phone. They then have full control of their gas or electric cooktop, without having to turn the car around to rush back home before anything serious occurs.

Wallflower also suggests more than one reason to install the monitoring system. While forgetfulness can be detrimental, the company advocates that the device can provide a certain level of independence for aging parents and peace of mind for their children. Install the technology in your loved-one’s home and monitor their cooking habits however they feel comfortable.

“Rules can be enabled to alert you only during specific times,” Wallflower says on their website.

This feature can also be applied to rambunctious children who are vulnerable to play with buttons on appliances without understanding the safety hazards.

“Wallflower can be configured to alert you every time the range is turned on. You can even configure it to shut down immediately if you are not in the vicinity.”

Regardless of which way you desire to use Wallflower, it’s clear that it can help ensure the safety of your family and home.

Interested in checking out other quick connected home product features? Here’s the living list.

Here’s where you can learn more about the Helix, a security platform that can act as the foundation of your smart home.

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