08 Dec Cold Weather Rule In Missouri
It is critical that you be aware of the Missouri Cold Weather Rule this winter season. The Missouri Attorney General has outlined the information to help keep you warm. Unfortunately many will try and light bar-b-Que grill’s inside their homes or kerosene heaters because they are unaware of this rule. Either attempted solution could result in death. To avoid this tragic result Missouri has instituted the Missouri Cold Weather Rule.
If the weather is forecasted to drop below 32 degrees within the following 24 hours the utility companies are not allowed to disconnect the utilities. The utility companies must also issue a ten (10) day disconnect letter. Additionally 96 hours prior to disconnection there must be another notice of disconnection either by letter, two phone calls or a door hanger. In this letter there should be notification of where you can get financial help.
If you are classified as low income and elderly or disabled you can register with the utility company which will prevent disconnection. Do not be afraid to ask for help. There are procedures in place to help if you cannot pay your bills. Call the utility company and let them know that you need help. If you have a medical condition that requires the assistance of a machine let your utility company know this too.
If you are not in the State of Missouri please contact your local utility company and find out what the Cold Weather Rule is in your town. You can also check out the federal website of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Regardless of where you are this winter please do not run kerosene heaters without extreme caution and never light bar-b-ques inside.
Remember that knowledge is power and the more knowledge you have the more power you will have to stay warm this winter without risking your life.