Redcar residents can have their electric blankets tested free of charge or replaced at the launch of Cleveland Fire Brigade’s annual Stay Safe and Warm Campaign on Friday, September 30 from 10.00am to 12.30pm.
The checks are at the Redcar and Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart, Ridley Street, Redcar, TS10 1TB.
Last year the campaign helped more than 700 people across Teesside who were struggling to keep warm during the winter.
Electric heaters, thermal blankets, torches, flasks and fleecy mattress covers are available and there is also advice on managing fuel bills and referrals for free boiler repairs or replacements if needed.
Phil Lancaster, Director of Community Protection at Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “This is a timely opportunity for people to make sure they are ready for the colder weather and let them know that help is on hand.
“It is not just older people who are vulnerable and at risk of cold weather during the winter months. Every year we are alerted to a number of families who simply cannot afford to put their heating on and often their young children have to go to bed in their clothes to stay warm.
“Anyone who knows anyone who could be 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 be in that position. We are here to help.”
The Stay Safe and Warm campaign is led by Cleveland Fire Brigade and sees many agencies working together to provide advice and support. It runs from October until the end of March. Last year’s campaign loaned out more than 400 electric heaters and 109 thermal blankets as well as other items.
Organisations involved include Age UK Teesside, Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough Councils, Middlesbrough Environment City and Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND.
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.
Support can range from organising safe, temporary heating to helping people get specialist guidance on managing their fuel bills. Where appropriate, onward referrals for possible free boiler repairs or replacements can be arranged.
There are limited replacement electric blankets available at the launch in Redcar.
Stay Safe and Warm campaign
- Who is eligible? Anyone who is at risk from the effects of cold, either long or short term
- What does it cost – it’s a free service to anyone living in Cleveland
- Not means tested
- What do we offer? 24 hour, seven day a week support and a response within an hour of being contacted
- What do we provide? Portable heaters, electric blankets, thermal blankets, flasks, wind-up lanterns
- Partners: We can put people in touch with other agencies who can provide other support
- What age group do we cover?: The youngest person we have helped is 16. The oldest 94. There is no restriction.
- Last year’s campaign helped over 700 people and included lending out 449 electric heaters and 109 thermal blankets as well as handing out 60 food parcels.
- Ring 01429 874063 or go to www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/warm
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