By Indiana law,
utilities are prohibited from disconnecting customers between Dec. 1 and
March 15 if the customer is receiving help from EAP or has formally applied
for the program at their local EAP office and provided the utility with
written proof. If your utilities are past due before Dec. 1 or after March
15, your services may be disconnected.
and Other Options
options before using space heaters and other alternative heating. Some other
* Long underwear.
It might sound silly or too simple but this will reduce bodily heat loss and
enhance warmth and comfort. One layer of thermal long underwear can allow
for a savings on heating costs. And personal insulation can be much cheaper
than home insulation.
* Caulk can stop
drafts. It decreases heat loss but also lessens air movement. Fewer drafts
can help with bodily warmth.
* Move while
inside. Work out, dance, clean, or simply stand and move.
* Bake cookies,
cake, pie or cook dinner. Having the oven on will help with residual heat.
But don’t use the stovetop or oven to heat a home.
Space Heaters and
Space heaters and
other alternative heating should be avoided if at all possible.
If space heaters
and other alternative heating solutions need to be used, Greeson says that
there should be at least a three-foot perimeter around space heaters at all
times and away from loose or flammable object such as clothing, curtains,
bedding and furniture.
Only one space
heater should be plugged into each electrical outlet and should not be left
on in an unoccupied room. Refuel kerosene space heaters outside the home,
but first let them cool down if they were recently used.
No matter if it’s a
space heater, wood stove, or fireplace, turn it off or extinguish the fire
before going to bed or leaving home.
Appliances, such as
a stove or oven, should never be used for heating. Using these appliances as
a heating option can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning.
alarms are important to have year round, but they can be especially
important in the winter months with the added risk of alternative heating
sources, such as space heaters and fireplaces. According to the Red Cross,
families have as little as two minutes to safely escape a burning home, and
having a working smoke alarm can double a person’s chance of surviving.
“In this country,
seven people lose their lives every day from a home fire,” said Duchess
Adjei, regional communication director, American Red Cross. “Home fires can
be a deadly threat because they happen so quickly. We urge everyone to
become aware of what they should do to prevent a fire in their home.”
“Test your smoke
alarm to make sure it works,” Greeson said. “Even if it responds correctly,
if you don’t remember the last time you changed your batteries, do it today.
If you don’t have a smoke alarm, buy one and install it. If you don’t have
the funds, contact your local fire department, Red Cross or other service
agency to see if one can be provided.”
chapters of the Red Cross have smoke alarm programs for those who cannot
afford to purchase them or are physically unable to install them. Call (888)
684-1441 or a local Red Cross chapter to make an appointment to test
existing smoke alarms and/or install free home alarms.
Learn more about
the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign by visiting redcross.org/local/Indiana/home-fire-campaign
information on fire safety, including alternative heating safety, visit