Life-saving fire prevention device gets UK trial in Ickleford

PUBLISHED: 11:17 07 November 2017

Denzil and Sheila Male at home with Herts Careline's Carl Holland, Steve Holton from the fire service and Peter Holland of Living Safely. Picture: NHDC

Denzil and Sheila Male at home with Herts Careline's Carl Holland, Steve Holton from the fire service and Peter Holland of Living Safely. Picture: NHDC

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A life-saving device that prevents unattended cooking fires is receiving its first UK pilot in the kitchen of a couple from Ickleford.

Sheila and Denzil Male have had the Stove Guard system put in as part of a collaboration between Herts Careline, device suppliers Living Safely and Herts Fire & Rescue.

Mrs Male, who lives with memory loss, had become reluctant to cook as she was afraid of inadvertently leaving the cooker on.

Stove Guard automatically turns a cooker off if it gets too hot or is left on after cooking, and the device in the Males’ kitchen is linked to Herts Careline – which can provide emergency telecare response if necessary.

Mrs Male said: “I think it’s a wonderful thing. 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.”

Steve Holton from the fire service added: “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.”

Herts Careline is operated on a not-for-profit basis by North Herts District Council – and Andrew Godman, the council’s head of housing and public protection, said the technology might be rolled out more widely if the pilot succeeds.

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