Forget to Turn the Stove Off

By: Earl Powell.  Updated: September 17, 2021.

 

Problem description

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 worry I will burn my house down!

 

Who has the problem?

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. I am 65.

 

What are their aspirations (relating to this problem)?

I want to find some kind of accommodation to the problem of leaving the stove on that will allow me to stay in my home, hopefully for ever.

 

Context

 I will use me as an example to provide context for the problem. I fix breakfast every morning at 6:00 AM. We, my wife and I have the same breakfast everyday, never varies. This makes it very easy to establish and maintain a rigid routine.

 

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 come by my home and tells me, "Dad you can't stay here in your home any more because you leave the stove on and forget to take your pills".

 

Hear this problem discussed below

from Aging in Place Technologies: Co-creating the Future of Aging Meetup, April 16, 2014.

The group discussed this idea, as well as some possible "solutions". 

More Like This

This is part of a series of "Problems" and DIY Technology "Solutions" to the challenges faced by older adults, by Frank Engelman. 

 


 

Suggested Solutions

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” as mentioned in the "problem statement" from another Longevity Explorer.


 

Stove turn off reminder

I first started thinking of (expensive) automatic shut-off means but why not just set a loud countdown timer nearby and set for expected time of needing to turn off stove? Smart phones have this ability too...


 

Timer Based Gas Control

I envision a gas burner control that has a "turn timer" like you might find on a bathroom heat lamp. The dial has some internal spring activated timer. Advancing the control winds the timer. As time passes the timer winds down and eventually returns to the Off position. How long the timer stays...


 

 

Comments

 

from Anonymous (unverified) at August 01, 2022

I use Alexa with "Alexa, set reminder for 30 minutes"

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