Cadent rolls out scheme in support of people living with dementia
■ Gas safety valve fitted free of charge, to pipes near a cooker or hob
■ Reduces risk of gas being turned on, or left on, unintentionally
Cadent, the company which ensures gas reaches 2 million homes in the West Midlands, is extending its offer to fit a free safety device for people living with dementia.
After a successful trial in North West England, Cadent is now making its ‘locking cooker valve’ scheme available to all areas of the country it operates in.
Engineers from the UK’s biggest gas network will fit for free
a small valve somewhere near a customer’s cooker or hob. It only takes a couple of hours to do. A set of keys is given to a carer, who can then turn the gas to the appliance on and off as required. This reduces risk of gas being turned on, or left on, unintentionally.
Phil Burrows, who co-ordinates the locking cooker valve scheme at Cadent, said: “We are so delighted to be rolling this out and helping in this way. The locking cooker valve is a small device, but it can make a big difference. It can help with preserving dignity and independence, yet offer peace of mind for family, friends and carers.
“Cadent is determined that the gas we distribute is used in a safe way.
“Our engineers provide a gas emergency service, as well as connecting, maintaining and repairing our 131,000km of gas distribution pipes. This means we have contact every day with customers who may need a little extra assistance. We’re working closely with the Alzheimer’s Society, our chosen charity for the next two years, in part to understand how we can help and support people living with dementia.
“We hope that initiatives like this valve, and our partnerships with such expert charities and organisations, will have a big impact.”
More information, and how to apply, is at www.cadentgas.com/lcv
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