Older people in Nottinghamshire are being reassured that they have no need to shiver in silence if their heating breaks down as temperatures plummet.
Nottinghamshire County Council has a supply of 50 oil filled radiators on standby at sites across the county to give out to older people, especially those with long term health conditions, if they lose heating in their property for any reason.
The emergency heating is available by calling Nottinghamshire County Council’s Contact Centre on 08449 80 80 80. The County Council is stressing that, due to the limited numbers available, the radiators are only available for older, vulnerable people who have suffered a heating breakdown.
Councillor Kevin Rostance, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health at Nottinghamshire County Council said, “The emergency heating is one of a number of schemes the County Council has put in place this winter to try and reduce the high number of tragic, needless deaths related to the cold.
“Boiler breakdowns are more common in the winter. Being without heating can be distressing for anyone, but even more so when you are older, in poor health and at greatest risk from the cold.
“I would urge any older person who loses their heating not to shiver in silence - help is out there.”
Anyone who suffers a heating breakdown is advised to contact a qualified Heating Engineer, registered with the County Council’s Buy with Confidence Scheme.
All Buy with Confidence businesses have been vetted by Trading Standards and are listed here.
The emergency radiators are being provided as part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Keep Warm this Winter campaign, which aims to reduce winter deaths and hospital admissions for older people.
Approximately 400 vulnerable people die in Nottinghamshire every year due to cold weather and the impact on their health.
The campaign has been made possible by a £243,000 grant from the Department of Health which also includes funding for handy people to carry out thermostat, radiator and insulation checks and Energy advisors to visit homes and help people switch to cheaper tariffs and provide insulation and energy saving advice.
Further information about the scheme, including tips on keeping warm, is available by clicking here