Residents in Knowsley have been receiving free thermometers in the post this week as part of the ‘Warm Homes Healthy People’ initiative to help vulnerable people who are affected by the cold.
As part of a national campaign, all residents aged 85 and over across the borough have received two free thermometers and information to see if they are eligible to apply for a grant which can go towards financial support to ensure residents and their homes are winter ready.
With the recommended temperature of a room being 21⁰C (70⁰F) throughout the day and 18⁰C (64⁰F) at night in the room you sleep, Knowsley Health and Wellbeing is working to identify those who are living in houses under these temperatures and offer advice and assistance to improve home heating and ensure they stay warm, especially in light of the recent cold snap which has hit the UK this week.
Sue Drew, Director of Public Health for Knowsley, said: “Severe winter weather can be a real threat to vulnerable and elderly people, which is why we are working to identify and help those people by offering assistance with anything from ensuing their boiler is working effectively or managing fuel bills to help with shopping or making a hot meal.
“If you are living in a home which is cold, damp or has an inefficient heating system or know somebody who is, why not get in touch today to see if you or they are eligible for help.”
For more information or to find out if you are eligible for a help and support please call 0151 443 2600.