‘Routine to stay safe from fire’ – fire officers and meals on wheels providers collaborate on Operation Sponge Pudding to help keep elderly safe

Dorothy Kaciniel with Mark Burgess, Hitchin Watch Commander

Dorothy Kaciniel with Mark Burgess, Hitchin Watch Commander - Credit: Archant

Herts fire officers and meals on wheels providers have been collaborating on Operation Sponge Pudding, a project to help the elderly follow a night-time checklist to stay safe from fire.

The officers accompany the meals staff on rounds and give a free safety check.

“The meals on wheels service help me stay independent, and I’ve got people to turn to if I need help,” said Dorothy Kaciniel, 80, from Baldock.

“I had the fire service come round and fit my smoke alarms.

“When I go to bed I have a routine to stay safe from fire.

“I always shut doors and go in the kitchen to switch off the kettle and unplug the toaster.”

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