With the drop in temps, you might be checking to be sure your heater working properly, but for the elderly and disabled, that can be difficult. The Leland Police Department tries to go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure people who need assistance in the community have safe, working heaters. They regularly make calls to check up on the dozens of elderly and disabled people signed up for the 'Are You OK?' program. This week’s focus is making sure those in need of assistance stay warm in the cold weather. If the person being called is unsure if their heater works, the officer will drive to their home to check it for them. If a heating unit requires more than routine maintenance, they'll call in a professional. Jennie Faulk, a member of the Are You OK? program said, "I think it will help because I've never had anyone come and check my heater like that." The Leland Police Department can't check on everyone so they encourage people to check to on their elderly and disable neighbors to make sure they have heat in their home. During the heating check, officers will also make sure the heaters aren't creating an obvious fire hazard. If you have a friend or family member that needs assistance in Leland, call the Leland Police Department at (910) 371-1100 and have them added to the Are You OK? call list.
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