People are being urged to stay safe and warm this winter with the launch of an annual campaign that helped dozen of householders in Hartlepool last year.
Cleveland Fire Brigade has teamed up with key partner organisations to identify people at risk and give them advice and support, ranging from organising safe, temporary heating to helping people get specialist guidance on managing their fuel bills.
Where appropriate, they will arrange free boiler repairs or replacement.
The launch comes as fire brigades across the country, together with NHS England, Public Health England, Age UK and the Local Government Association, pledge to tackle health and social problems together, to try and reduce the number of winter hospital admissions and winter deaths.
Across Cleveland, last year’s campaign helped more than 700 people, and included lending 449 electric heaters and 109 thermal blankets, as well as handing out 60 food parcels.
In Hartlepool, campaigners helped 51 households and issued 17 thermal blankets, four electric blankets, 57 electric heaters, seven fleecy mattress covers and eight food parcels.
Phil Lancaster, the brigade’s director of community protection, said: “Being able to keep warm at home during the winter months can literally be a matter of life and death.
“Nobody should be in that position and be cold this winter because there is lots of help and support available.”
For more information contact 01429 874063 or visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/warm