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Health and Safety SGN’s free locking cooker valve protects vulnerable people at home Gas distribution company SGN is offering a free safety device to help keep vulnerable people gas safe in their own homes. AN SGN spokesperson said: “We understand that our vulnerable customers, such as people with Alzheimer’s or autism, need extra safeguarding in place. Statistics show that elderly and vulnerable people are at a much greater risk from gas leaks and fires in their homes. Our locking cooker valve helps vulnerable customers retain their independence at home and provides reassurance to family, friends and carers.” The simple safety device (pictured) is fitted to the existing gas cooker pipework. When the valve is locked, the gas supply to the cooker is stopped. This eliminates the risk of the cooker being unintentionally turned on or left on, and gives peace of mind to the carer or relative that the cooker can’t be used when they leave the house or the room. The carer or relative can easily turn the valve on using the key when the cooker is required, enabling the vulnerable person to continue to use their gas cooker safely. Since a pilot project began in 2015, SGN engineers have fitted locking cooker valves in homes across Scotland and the south of England. SGN works with community safeguarding groups including social services, occupational therapists and emergency services to identify customers who could benefit from the safety device. SGN has now partnered with the other UK gas distribution networks - National Grid, Northern Gas Networks and Wales & West Utilities - to offer this free service nationwide. To find out more about the locking cooker valve or to make a referral, please visit the SGN website: sgn.co.uk • 20 Spring 2017


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