Spring may be just around the corner but a winter campaign to help people stay safe and warm in their homes is still running as the cold weather continues.
Electric heaters, thermal blankets, torches, flasks and fleecy mattress covers are available for anyone struggling with their heating. There is also advice on managing fuel bills and referrals for free boiler repairs or replacements if needed.
The Stay Safe and Warm campaign is led by Cleveland Fire Brigade and sees many agencies working together to provide advice and support.
Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “It may be March but we are still in the grip of winter weather with freezing temperatures. Anyone who knows anyone who is struggling to keep warm should get in touch immediately. Little or no heating can be a matter of life and death and no one should in that position.
“It is just not older people who are vulnerable. There are cases where families with young children cannot afford to put their heating on. We are here to help”.
Organisations involved include Age UK Teesside, Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough Councils, Middlesbrough Environment City, Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND, Public Health and Adult and Children’s Social Care.
The campaign comes as fire brigades across the country together with NHS England, Public Health England, Age UK and the Local Government Association have pledged to tackle health and social problems together to try and reduce the number of winter hospital admissions and winter deaths and improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.
This year’s Keep Safe and Warm, which started on October 1, has already helped more than 400 people. Some 367 heaters have been provided along with 114 thermal blankets, 37 mattress covers and 13 electric blankets.
Inadequate heating? Boiler broken down? You don’t have to be cold this winter. If this is you or someone you know, call Stay Safe and Warm any time for free help and advice on: 01429 874063