Elderly people in rural areas of Lancashire have been urged to stay warm to prevent needless deaths this winter.
During 2012/13 850 people died in Lancashire as a result of being too cold.
Malcolm Farrow, of OFTEC - the UK trade body for the oil heating industry - said: “Christmas is an expensive time for everyone and it can be tempting for homeowners to turn down their heating in an attempt to save money. However, living in a cold house can lead to serious long term health problems and results in needless deaths across Lancashire each year. We are concerned about older homeowners living in rural houses which may have poor insulation and are harder to keep warm. As well as health problems, living in a cold home can lead to feelings of isolation so we urge people to visit older relatives and neighbours to check they are keeping warm and well.”