I recently requested a visit from York Fire Safety Officer. I wasn’t aware that they did home assessments until someone told me about them.
I’ve had to buy quite a few new saucepans lately……..I do set the timer on the cooker but if I get distracted, I go off out of hearing range and then it switches itself off and the first thing I know is when I smell the distinct smell of burning food…….not good. I’ve also left the cooker lit so I needed to get myself some expert advice…..
Julie Popplewell is the York Community Safety Officer and she came out to me on a miserable rainy day but she entered the house with a cheery smile and lots of good advice. She asked me lots of questions and had a look round. I told her about my ‘timer’ issue and she suggested the obvious – get a timer that clips on so it goes wherever you go……..simple solution that’s now on my shopping list……….
She then went about fitting 2 smoke alarms – 10 year battery life. They have sealed batteries so you contact them again when the battery runs out. They have a massive button in the middle to test and to use to switch off if it accidentally goes off – no more wafting tea towels in front of it to stop the alarm! magic.
The alarms and advice cost me nothing but time – what a bargain. Very happy and now have peace of mind. A wonderful community service – how many people don’t know about this…….? If you know someone with dementia – make sure they have a visit from the fire service…..if you don’t have dementia. make sure you have really good smoke alarms fitted!!