Fire Service Supports Gas Cooker Safety Scheme

1st March, 2018

Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service supports Wales and West Utilities initiative to enhance gas cooker safety for vulnerable householders.

Wales and West Utilities are offering to fit a free lockable safety device (locking cooker valve) to the pipework of a gas cooker or hob – this service is free of charge and is installed by a competent Wales and West Gas engineer.

This simple safety device will help a person who can no longer operate their gas cooker safely, such as people living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, who may be at risk of harming themselves and their home by leaving gas unignited or forgetting to turn the hob off.

When you care for a vulnerable person, such as someone living with dementia, you may need extra safeguarding in place. A locking cooker valve can help someone stay safe in their own home. The valve can easily be turned off and on and locked by the carer, enabling the person you care for to continue to use their gas cooker safely. When the valve is locked, the gas supply is isolated which means if the cooker is unintentionally turned on or left on when you are out of the room, there is no risk of gas escaping.

If you are a carer or health service provider and know someone who could benefit from this free service, please visit the website of Wales and West Utilities for more information on how to apply.