The American Heart Association said Tuesday that it has extended its call for the nation’s thermostatic switches to include a device that will automatically turn them back on in the event of an emergency, rather than having to be manually turned off.
That is a huge change from the current protocol, which requires the switches to be switched on and off by a person.
The group said that in the future, the thermoregulatory switch could switch back on at any time, even when it’s being monitored by a human.
The change could allow more people to be monitored, the association said.
Earlier this month, the Heart Foundation announced it had received about $1 million from the Department of Energy to support a research project on how the switch could be implemented.
The switch would be installed in new thermostatically controlled homes and other buildings.