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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Health campaign helps vulnerable keep warm this winter

26/10/2015

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has added its support to a health campaign to help the most vulnerable members of the community in Newcastle-under-Lyme keep warm safely this winter.

"Winter brings greater fire risks as people start using electric heaters, lighting candles and using electric blankets. We want them to do so safely so will be using our presence at the event to promote preventative steps they can take in order to stay safe and warm.”

Head of Safer Communities CIC, Kate Staples

The health event, run by Greater Chesterton Locality Action Partnership, will take place on November 12 at Red Street Community Centre, from 10 am - 2pm.

A wealth of agencies will be on hand to offer free information and advice. These include Age UK, the Welfare and Benefits Agency, representatives from the social care sector, practice nurses from the local doctors surgery and Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS.

Winter Warmer packs containing a hot water bottle, a small blanket, socks, a packet of cup-a-soups, a thermometer and a thermos flask or mug will be given out.

The Service will be highlighting how residents and the elderly in particular, can keep healthy as temperatures decrease. 42,415 households are thought to be experiencing fuel poverty which can lead to excess winter deaths. On average around 400 people aged 65 and over die annually as a result of cold conditions. In 2012-13 130 of these were in Newcastle.

Head of Safer Communities CIC, Kate Staples said: "Winter brings greater fire risks as people start using electric heaters, lighting candles and using electric blankets. We want them to do so safely so will be using our presence at the event to promote preventative steps they can take in order to stay safe and warm.”
Chair for Greater Chesterton Locality Action Partnership, Lilian Barker, M.B.E said: “A big thank you to the partners who have donated funds to enable the purchase of warm packs for the vulnerable. There will be lots of advice at the event on how to keep warm. The event was a great success last year and we hope to repeat that success again this year.”

Director of Operations at Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust, Kieron Murphy, said: “We are pleased that such a variety of organisations have come together to deliver a vital community service. Our teams will be providing a range of health and social care information and advice on the day, and we would urge everyone in the community to engage with the event to help them learn more and to access our high quality services”.

A minibus is available to collect people. Bookings can be taken through the One Stop Shop in Chesterton on telephone: 01782 563603

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999.  For all other non emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills. In an emergency dial 999.

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