Programs that pay all or a portion of the gas service expenses of people whose gas has been or is at risk of being shut off. Also included are non-emergency programs like those funded through the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), also referred to as LIEAP or HEAP in some states, that provide home energy assistance, generally in the form of a credit, for low-income households that apply. The assistance is usually available once per calendar year (or heating season). Gas service payment assistance programs may have age, income, disability, need or other eligibility requirements.
Gas Safety Basics
Most gas safety tips are common sense. But, in today's fast-paced world, accidents can sometimes occur. Take a few minutes to remind yourself of the basic safety rules to follow around your home.
•Have at least one smoke/carbon monoxide detector on each floor.
•Never use a stove or oven to heat your home.
•Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher in your kitchen.
•Keep filters and exhausts cleaned and properly vented.
•Check vents regularly for blockage.
•Don't store flammable liquids near the furnace or gas water heater.
•Keep the area around the water heater free of clutter.
•To prevent scalding, set water heat no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
•Have your furnace inspected every year and keep the filter clean.
•Never hang things from utility pipes.
•Keep combustibles away from heat sources.
•Follow a space heater's instructions carefully and use with proper ventilation.
•Stay away from LP tanks, meters and hookups.