As we find ourselves heading into the depths of winter and collectively brace ourselves for what January has to throw at us, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service find themselves in full winter safety campaign swing. This year’s campaign is targeting those vulnerable homes which may find it difficult to keep warm through the winter months.
People can find themselves living in a cold home for many reasons and it isn’t always a financial one. It could be broken or complicated heating equipment, poor insulation, that their property is in a poor state of repair or even their personal misconceptions about the impact cold has on you. Whatever the reason, the cold hard fact remains that living in a cold home isn’t just uncomfortable it can make underlying health problems worse and increase fire risk.
Ideally our homes should be around 18°C and as part of this year’s campaign the Service are giving away Safe, Warm and Well cards which include fire safety information and a thermometer so that people can keep an eye on the temperature.
Jane Williams the Prevention Support Manager for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service heads up the winter safety campaign group and said:
““Fuel poverty can affect anyone. There is sometimes a belief that it only affects those on low incomes, but in reality that’s just not the case.
The concern is that whatever the reason for living in a cold home, some people may in turn either not heat it at all or turn to alternative methods of staying warm. Whether through portable heaters, candles, open fires or cookers for example, this can be risky both from a health and wellbeing point of view and fire safety one.
We want people to know that they don’t just have to batten down the hatches and live with the cold. We can help by offering support and fire safety guidance and put them in touch with the right people to get them the right support that they need.”
Community Safety teams will be working across Lancashire over the next few weeks and months to trying to engage with those who struggle over winter, however if you or someone you know is finding it hard to keep warm then reach out and get in touch.
More information about the support available can be found here.
You can get in touch by telephone on 0800 169 11 25 or alternatively online at www.lancsfirerescue.org.uk/home-fire-safety quoting campaign code WS01.