Created: 01/28/2014 4:13 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
Governor Dayton declared a State of Peacetime Emergency in Minnesota on Monday in response to the persistent cold weather and the increased risk households may run out of propane, a situation that would pose immediate threat to public safety.
The Department of Public Safety issued these tips to Minnesota homeowners who rely of propane.
What consumers and Minnesota residents can do
People who use propane to heat their homes can take several steps at this time.
Use Alternative Heat Sources Safely
The State Fire Marshal (SFM) reminds residents to use caution when using alternative heating sources such as space heaters.
Consumers who need financial assistance to pay heating bills may find help through the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
The Department of Commerce administers LIHEAP in Minnesota, which helps low income households, especially those with seniors, children, veterans and people with disabilities with their heating bill.
Money is still available for households that have not already applied.
Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman announced today that LIHEAP Crisis payments would increase from $500 to $1,000 for applicants heating their homes with propane and heating oil. The crisis payments could be available as early as next week.
Qualifying families must apply for assistance at the local service provider in their area; Minnesota has 32 local service providers. A list of local service providers and information on applying for the Minnesota Energy Assistance Program is available by visiting the Energy Assistance section of the Division of Energy Resources website or by calling 1-800-657-3710.