Cook County Public Health and Human Services
Tue, 01/28/2014 (All day) - Tue, 04/01/2014 (All day)
What you can do at this time:
· Conserve energy as much as possible. Turn down your thermostat and be aware of your propane use and amount
· Reach out to family, friends and neighbors for assistance
· Check on your neighbors, especially the sick and elderly
· Call 9-1-1 ONLY if you are in a crisis
What to do if you need fuel assistance:
· State of Minnesota Hotline #, M-F, 9-4:30. 1-800-657-3504, can answer questions
· Call AEOA for heating/fuel assistance information 1-800-662-5711 (on weekends and Holidays you leave a message and they call you back)
· On-line AEOA application: http://aeoa.org/housing/energy-assistance
· Fuel Assistance applications can be picked up at:
o Community Center in Grand Marais 387- 1134. AEOA is able to assist you with completing the paper work
o Courthouse: main lobby and Public Health and Human Services
Ways to Conserve Energy:
· Turn down your thermostat to a comfortable temperature for you
· Turn down your water heater from 120 to 115
· Put on extra clothing, a hood or a hat indoors. Cover yourself with a blanket
Keeping you Safe:
· Do not run a generator inside a home or garage or near the air intake of your home because of the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning..
· NEVER use your oven for heat. NEVER bring charcoal or gas grills indoors (they are a carbon monoxide hazard).
· Use electric space heaters with automatic shut-off switches
· Place a space heater on a level, hard, nonflammable surface, not on rugs, carpet or near drapes or bedding
· Never leave children unattended near a space heater.
· Turn portable heaters off before going to bed
· People, pets and anything flammable- keep at least 3 feet from space heaters
· Safety equipment: fire extinguisher, Smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector
Additional information and resources on the Cook County website.