Visit from the Fire Service

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!!

Must find out where she hid the fireman......
Must find out where she hid the fireman……



About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

2 thoughts on “Visit from the Fire Service

  1. Great advice. I’ve got one of the new ones but it randomly went off in the middle of the night recently and with no batteries that you can get at I couldn’t shut the wretched thing up and boy is it loud, especially in the middle of the night. I wrapped it in clothing and stuffed it in a cupboard but could still hear it. In the morning I located the box it came in and instruction leaflet which said that you should run the head of the vacuum cleaner over it regularly to prevent dust and insects making themselves at home inside the unit and setting off the alarm. I retrieved the offensive alarm and vacuumed it within an inch of its life and it stopped. Haven’t had a repeat performance but you blog has reminded me that I haven’t hoovered it recently either.

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