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Stay Safe and Warm events in Middlesbrough

A series of events to help people stay safe and warm over the winter months gets under way on Monday (November 28).

The week-long Stay Safe and Warm sessions include free electric blanket testing, fire safety advice and advice and support on staying safe, warm, healthy and connected this winter.

The events - from Monday, November 28 to Friday, December 2 – have been organised by Middlesbrough Council’s Public Protection Service and Staying Put Agency in partnership with Cleveland Fire Brigade and UK charity Electrical Safety First.

Judith Hedgley, Middlesbrough Council’s Head of Public Protection, said: “Research has estimated that by January 2023 more than half of UK households could be in fuel poverty.

“This is likely to lead to households looking for alternative ways to keep warm in their home and this could put them at risk from fire and the dangers of using potentially unsafe electric blankets.

“Thanks to a grant from Electrical Safety First’s Electrical Safety Fund our Trading Standards team will be offering free safety checks on electric blankets, and we will be able to offer a number of residents replacement electric blankets should theirs be found to be unsafe.

“We are also grateful for the support of Cleveland Fire Brigade who are available to give advice and support on fire safety in the home.

“The Staying Put Agency will also be on hand to offer advice around winter warmth measures and can help by providing loan heaters, winter essentials and boiler servicing and emergency repairs to elderly and vulnerable people.”

Andrew Hewitt, Cleveland Fire Brigade’s fire prevention hub manager for Middlesbrough, added: “Cleveland Fire Brigade welcomes this opportunity to support people in Middlesbrough and help them stay safe and warm over winter.

“Struggling to stay warm can lead to people using unsafe ways to heat their homes which can lead to accidental fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

“We look forward to helping people through our Stay Safe and Warm scheme, which is completely free and offers access to heaters and other equipment following free home assessment.”

Councillor David Coupe, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Adult Health and Public Protection, said: “People are naturally worried about how to cope with rising prices due to the cost of living crisis.

“By working with our health improvement partners and delivering the Stay Safe and Warm events we seek to provide local people with practical advice and offers of support to protect their health, safety and wellbeing over the winter.”

The week of electrical safety and winter warmth events takes place at community hubs across Middlesbrough from Monday, November 28 to Friday, December 2. The events are open on a drop-in basis but anyone wanting to have an electric blanket tested is asked to email EHTS@middlesbrough.gov.uk with their name and contact details to get a time slot as demand is likely to be high.

For more information on electrical safety, visit the Electrical Safety First website.

Timetable

Date Venue Address Times

Monday 28 November

Thorntree Community Hub

Birkhall Road, Middlesbrough, TS3 9JW

9:30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm

Tuesday 29 November

Hemlington Community Hub & Library

Crosscliff, Hemlington, Middlesbrough, TS8 9JJ

9:30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm

Wednesday 30 November

Newport Community Hub

St Pauls Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 5NQ
(sat-nav post code: TS1 4EE)

9:30am to 4pm

Thursday 1 December

North Ormesby Hub

Derwent Street, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough, TS3 6JB

9:30am to noon and 1pm to 4pm

Friday 2 December (morning)

Grove Hill Community Hub (Room 1)

Bishopton Road, Grove Hill, Middlesbrough, TS4 2RP

9:30am to 12pm

Friday 2 December (afternoon)

Easterside Community Hub (Room L1)

Broughton Avenue, Easterside, Middlesbrough, TS4 3PZ

1pm to 4pm