11:51 Thursday 12 December 2013

Winter warning for the elderly by energy firm

Written byROB SMYTH

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A WARMTH scheme is encouraging people in Burton to take time to check in on loved ones who might be concerned about winter.

According to Npower Health Through Warmth, which helps vulnerable people install or repair heating systems at home, now is the time to ensure that friends, family or neighbours’ homes are prepared for the colder months.

Elaine Midwinter, Npower Health Through Warmth scheme manager, said: “Winter can be a worrying time for vulnerable people, many of whom can become housebound if the season brings unexpected treacherous weather.

“It is therefore a good time, before snow or icy conditions make visiting difficult, to help friends and family check their heating is in good working order.”

The team work with organisations to repair and install heating and insulation for vulnerable people.

It helps people in Burton via referrals from friends and family, and last October took more than 900 referrals.

More information is available online atwww.healththroughwarmth.com

Parish council chiefs issue grit bin reminder

A PARISH council has urged people to make sure they only use grit when they need it.

Brizlincote Parish Council issued the plea after having problems with people stealing grit during the past two winters.

A spokesman for the council said: “If you do need to treat your own property, please buy your own salt and grit.”

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