McKenzie River Reflections - Make the McKenzie Connection!

By Frank Engelman
Tech-enhanced Life 

Tech-enhanced life for seniors

Forget to turn the stove off?

 

September 9, 2021

The problem

Once or twice a month I leave the stove on after fixing breakfast. Most of the time I realize that I have left the stove on but it may be an hour or two after breakfast. I worry about what might happen as a result of this forgetfulness.

I would suspect that this problem is not limited to Baby Boomers and other seniors. However, I would think that the older you get the more likely it is to be a problem. It didn't become a problem for me until the last couple of years.

Background details

My fear is more than just the obvious one such as burning the house down. I am thinking ahead when maybe my wife is no longer around and my daughter comes by my home and tells me, "Dad you can't stay here in your home anymore because you leave the stove on and forget to take your pills".

Solution: Stove Auto Shut Off and Alarm

Based on the personal experiences of my two Aunts and my sister-in-law, I have seen the need for a "stove minder."

There are two basic types of stove minders, reminders and stove shutoffs, that will help your loved one in case they tend to leave things on the stove.

This is of course, in addition to the normal audible & flashing lights on smoke detectors.

See the Smart Stove Minder I implemented:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=va-YGcFq1Ao

 

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