A device that monitors temperature and sends out an alarm when the temperature exceeds a set point. Originally developed in the 1860s, a heat detector is one method that may be used to detect the presence of a fire in a room or building. See also smoke detector, and flame detector.
Synonyms and Related Terms
détecteur de chaleur (Fr.); detector de calor (Port.);
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996