Top tips for living safely with dementia:
- Make sure the kitchen is safe – read our booklet to support with further information to avoid fires and accident in the kitchen.
- Avoid using candles or open fires.
- Using a kitchen timer is a good way of helping people to remember that something is cooking or to take medication.
- Good lighting throughout the home makes a difference - Dim or poor lighting can make a person with dementia feel “closed in”.
- Labelling plug switches with instructions is very helpful such as ‘Do not switch off’ or ‘Do switch off at night’.
You can get more help and support to living a safer life with dementia here.
Follow our simple STEPS to feel ‘Safe and Well’
S is for SLIPS – Are there potential tripping hazards like loose carpets or misplaced cables?
T is for TEST – Is the smoke alarm working? Check this weekly. Do the batteries need replacing?
E is for ELECTRICS – Can you spot any hazards like overloaded sockets?
P is for POTS AND PANS – Does the oven or hob need a clean to reduce risk of a fire in the kitchen?
S is for SMOKING – Not smoking in the home is the best way of ensuring that children are not at risk of harm caused by tobacco smoke; however if you do smoke, make sure you always fully stub out cigarettes.
To book a Safe and Well Visit:
Call our Safe and Well Visit team on 0800 923 7000during normal office hours or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org. or complete our formand we’ll contact you.
Our home safety officers or firefighters will visit your home at a time convenient for you, and together with you will tailor the visit to suit your needs and the type of property you live in. A typical free visit takes around 45 minutes and includes the fitting of free smoke alarmswhere necessary, as well as vital advice to help you stay safe and well.
Please note: our staff always carry official identification and you can contact usto check that they are a genuine employee of Kent Fire and Rescue Service.