Posted: Monday 6th November 2017
Three organisations have joined forces to pioneer the use of an innovative life saving fire safety device connected to a telecare response centre. And it’s happened right here in Hertfordshire.
Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, Herts Careline (a not-for-profit assistive technology provider), and Living Safely (suppliers of Stove Guard in the UK) met North Hertfordshire Homes residents Sheila and Denzil Male of Ickleford, Hitchin, to ask them to take part in a pilot study of the Stove Guard system – a smart device that prevents unattended cooking fires.
Stove Guard automatically turns a cooker off if it gets too hot or if it is left on after cooking – significantly reducing the risk of a fire ever happening. As Mrs Male lives with memory loss, she had become reluctant to cook as she was fearful of causing a fire by leaving the cooker on. Now with the Stove Guard in place, and with Herts Fire & Rescue and Herts Careline's emergency telecare response support connected as a backup, the couple have now regained their independence and can cook for themselves without an increased risk of fire.
“I think it’s a wonderful thing” said Mrs Male. “It’s such a reassurance and makes me feel confident I can cook safely again. I’m grateful to all the efforts of Herts Careline for asking me to be part of this trial.”
Area Commander Steve Holton said: “We are delighted to work with Herts Careline and Living Safely to introduce the Stove Guard to telecare – the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. Unlike traditional smoke detectors, the Stove Guard prevents a fire happening in the first place. This keeps people safer and independent in their own homes.”