Cleveland Fire Brigade’s annual Stay Safe and Warm campaign starts today (Oct 1) for the tenth year in a row.
Although the launch coincides with International Older Persons Day the free support is available to all ages and anyone struggling to stay warm this winter.
Following a free home assessment, equipment on loan includes electric heaters, thermal blankets and flasks. The Brigade is also able to advise on who to turn to for advice on managing fuel bills.
Where funding is available, referrals can be made for free boiler repairs or replacements.
Cleveland’s Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton said: “Anyone who knows anyone who could be struggling during the colder weather should get in touch immediately. It is not just older people who are vulnerable and at risk during the winter months. We regularly hear from families with young children who cannot afford to have their heating on.
“We are here to help and offer any support that may be needed.”
The Stay Safe and Warm campaign is led by Cleveland Fire Brigade and runs from October until the end of March.
Other organisations involved include Age UK Teesside, Hartlepool, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough Councils, Middlesbrough and Stockton MIND, Warm Homes Healthy People, Stockton and Middlesbrough Environment City.
To contact Stay Safe and Warm ring 01429 874063 or go to www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/ssaw