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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Winter packs help vulnerable keep warm

21/12/2015

Pete Jones Station Manager Hanley, Linda Davies Tenants Involvement Officer Stoke City Council, Dave Cooper Stoke City Council, Donna Broadhead Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Lee Turner Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Community Safety Offi

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has joined forces with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to help the most vulnerable members of the community in the north of the county cope with the approaching cold weather.

"The aim of the partnership is to reduce winter cold deaths and hospital admissions. Working in partnership with other agencies gives us access to people who might not otherwise come to our attention. We will now be able to meet with those most at risk this winter, deliver the Winter Warm Packs and talk to them about preventative steps they can take in order to stay safe and warm.”

Donna Broadhead, Prevent Manager for the north of the county

The Service will be delivering life-saving Winter Warm Packs in the area over the coming weeks. Each pack contains a small blanket, a hat, a torch, a wall thermometer and a thermos flask.

Datalink packs, funded by Public Health England, will also be distributed to residents. The packs, which contain plastic bottles, store important medical information for use by the emergency services in the event of an accident or illness in the home. 
A Home Fire Risk Check can be carried out at the same time and, if necessary, a smoke alarm fitted.

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.

Donna Broadhead, Prevent Manager for the north of the county, said: "The aim of the partnership is to reduce winter cold deaths and hospital admissions. Working in partnership with other agencies gives us access to people who might not otherwise come to our attention. We will now be able to meet with those most at risk this winter, deliver the Winter Warm Packs and talk to them about preventative steps they can take in order to stay safe and warm.”
 
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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