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New heating plan for pensioners in Southport

Pensioners vulnerable to cold weather are being offered new heaters in a campaign to reduce winter deaths.

Free oil-filled radiators are being given to Southport’s elderly by Merseyside Fire and Rescue and Sefton council.

The pilot scheme is looking to cut deaths caused by dangerous heating.

Delivered by the fire service’s charitable arm, Fire Support Network, the plan targets the most at risk elderly people who are using hazardous heating or have no central heating.

Free heaters are being made available to those referred to the scheme by a carer or community professional. At a recent training day in Southport, professionals were told about the campaign.

Phil Garrigan, deputy chief fire officer for Merseyside Fire and Rescue, said: “The training day went very well. Community professionals indicated a real need for this provision in Sefton and I am hopeful that the pilot will be successful.

Those wanting to refer clients should call 0151 296 4367, or email: FSNEmergencyHeating@merseyfire.gov.uk.