Staying warm this winter

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A NEW campaign aims to help protect vulnerable people from higher fuel bills and the winter cold.

Cleveland Fire Brigade’s Stay Safe and Warm campaign was launched at the start of October and has already helped 45 people by lending them heaters and thermal blankets.

The brigade and its partners provide support and awareness for people struggling to keep warm.

More than 25,000 deaths occur in the UK each year because people cannot keep warm in their own homes. The rising costs of heating their own home forces people to turn their heating down, or sometimes even off.

Les Jones, head of community safety for Cleveland Fire Brigade, said: “Although we have had one of the mildest autumns in years, the situation is deceptive and we have already helped a number of vulnerable people who were in difficulty.

“Last year we helped nearly 400 people. It’s vital we identify those at risk so we can take swift action to keep them safe.”

Anyone who is worried that they may be unable to heat their home properly should call the Fire Brigade on (01429) 874063.