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should ,” Lowe said . “ There ’ s been stories of people passing out outside on their porch in the cold .”
However , the injuries he sees most with this type of weather are from people slipping or falling on ice or wet surfaces .
“ Think about walking like a penguin ,” Lowe said . “ Take short steps , walk with your hands out for balance and try to have your center of gravity more forward than backwards .”
There also are some precautionary measures you can take when traveling during the winter to help keep you safer if you break down .
“ I suggest keeping your gas tank a quarter or at least three fourths full and having some blankets in your
car ,” Lowe said . “ It ’ s also a good idea to have a flashlight , ice scraper , bottles of water and a snack or two .”

Manage your home energy costs when temperatures drop

SOUTHEAST OHIO - Across southern and eastern Ohio , Columbia Gas of Ohio customers continue to see , on average , temperatures 24 percent colder than normal for this time of the year . This prolonged drop in temperatures is increasing natural gas consumption and will result in higher than normal bills for customers .
Natural gas prices for January 2018 are about 28 percent lower compared to prices for January 2017 . While natural gas prices are down , average temperatures are much colder . Customers can expect to see , on average , an increase of about $ 20 in their January bill . However , every customer is different , and those customers who use more gas could see a larger increase in their bill .
As southeast Ohio continues to experience this latest blast of frigid temperatures , Columbia Gas reminds customers that energy efficiency and assistance programs are available to manage winter costs . Energy Assistance Customers struggling to pay their home heating costs should contact Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077 for information on payment assistance programs .
• Payment Plans - Plans to help make home energy costs more manageable .
• Winter Reconnect Order - A program to have service restored or maintained with a
If you have an elderly neighbor it also might be helpful to check on them and make sure their sidewalks are clear .
For those who do decide to go out and shovel neighbors ’ walks or their own , make sure you have the proper shovel and lift with your legs not your back . Plus if it ’ s really cold , Lowe suggests just shoveling a little at a time , warming up inside and then going back out .
No matter what you are doing outside this winter , if you experience any numbness , tingling or burning sensation in your fingers or toes be sure to come inside .
“ Use some luke warm , not scalding hot water to warm up ,” Lowe said . “ If anything turns blue or you see discoloration come to the hospital .” He also had a few tips for staying safe at home . “ A lot of times people will use extra heaters for their home , barns or tool shed ,” Lowe said . “ You need to make sure you have properly working heating equipment . If you experience headaches , nausea , fatigue or
payment of $ 175 plus a small reconnection fee .
• Low-income energy assistance programs available through local community action agencies or Salvation Army chapters .
• Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus ( PIPP Plus ) - Option for households at or below 150 percent of the federal poverty guideline . Energy Efficiency Columbia Gas offers a number of energy efficiency programs at http :// www . columbiagasohio . com / SavingMatters . Customers can take the following steps now to ensure comfort during the cold snap :
• Set your thermostat to 68 degrees . When you ’ re not home , drop it to 55 degrees . Or install a programmable thermostat to automatically lower your home ’ s temperature at night and when you are away .
• Turn your water heater temperature down to 120 degrees .
• Install blanket insulation on older water heaters .
• Seal air leaks where you feel cold drafts .
• Replace older appliances or leaky windows with new models that carry the ENERGY STAR ® label .
For more information on managing the cold temperatures , visit ColumbiaGasOhio . com .
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if multiple people in the building have the same symptoms there could be a carbon monoxide problem . Make sure you have both a working carbon monoxide and smoke detector .” With cold weather of course also comes flu season . “ Wash your hands , use Kleenex and cough into your sleeve ,” said Mary Ellen Given , director of marketing at Coshocton Regional Medical Center . “ We ’ ve been very , very busy with the flu and it ’ s not just us . It ’ s every hospital .”
She and Lowe suggested using hand sanitizer when you can , cleaning high traffic items like door handles and pushing buttons or flipping light switches with your elbow if you can .
Lowe also had one more simple but yet helpful piece of advice to help with the flu season fight .
“ If you are feeling really sick stay home ,” he said .

Emergency HEAP accepting applications for assistance

COSHOCTON - With the frigid temperatures , Kno-Ho-Co-Ashland Community Action Commissions wants to remind everyone that the Emergency HEAP program continues to accept applications for assistance . Emergency HEAP is a federally-funded program administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency , Office of Community Assistance that provides financial assistance to low-income households that are threatened with disconnection from their heating source , or have already had service disconnected . Those households serviced by a PUCO-regulated utility are encouraged to sign up for the Percentage of Income Payment Plus Plan ( PIPP Plus ) or an alternate budget payment plan . Households utilizing bulk fuel must have a tank containing less than 25 percent of its capacity . Income documentation for all household members along with social security numbers , electric and gas bills , photo ID , proof of U . S . citizenship / legal residency for all household members , proof of disability if disabled , and other documentation must be presented at the appointment .
Income guidelines are based at 175 percent of the federal poverty level . For a family of four , the annual income must be at or below $ 43,050 . Income may also be calculated using the past three months , whichever benefits the client . Those wishing to enroll in PIPP Plus have a lower income eligibility threshold . Approved applicants will also have their application automatically transmitted to the State HEAP office , where additional assistance may be available under the Regular HEAP program .
Eligible households may receive financial assistance once per heating season . The HEAP heating season is Nov . 1 , 2017 - March 31 , 2018 . The benefit amounts are as follows : PUCO regulated gas or electric customers may receive a benefit of up to $ 175 , non-regulated electric or gas ( i . e . co-ops ) may receive a benefit amount up to $ 550 . Income eligible bulk fuel customers may receive up to $ 450 for wood or coal , up to $ 750 is available for bulk fuel propane / bottled gas and fuel oil consumers .
To learn more or to schedule an appointment , phone the Kno-Ho- Co-Ashland Community Action Commission ’ s HEAP office at 740- 622-9801 .
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THE BEACON 11 www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com JANUARY 10, 2018 WINTER: Stay safe and warm FROM PAGE 1 should,” Lowe said. “Th ere’s been stories of people pass- ing out outside on their porch in the cold.” However, the injuries he sees most with this type of weather are from people slipping or falling on ice or wet surfaces. “Th ink about walking like a penguin,” Lowe said. “Take short steps, walk with your hands out for balance and try to have your center of gravity more forward than backwards.” Th ere also are some precautionary measures you can take when traveling during the winter to help keep you safer if you break down. “I suggest keeping your gas tank a quarter or at least three fourths full and having some blankets in your car,” Lowe said. “It’s also a good idea to have a fl ashlight, ice scraper, bottles of water and a snack or two.” If you have an elderly neighbor it also might be helpful to check on them and make sure their sidewalks are clear. For those who do decide to go out and shovel neigh- bors’ walks or their own, make sure you have the proper shovel and lift with your legs not your back. Plus if it’s really cold, Lowe suggests just shoveling a little at a time, warming up inside and then going back out. No matter what you are doing outside this winter, if you experience any numbness, tingling or burning sen- sation in your fi ngers or toes be sure to come inside. “Use some luke warm, not scalding hot water to warm up,” Lowe said. “If anything turns blue or you see discol- oration come to the hospital.” He also had a few tips for staying safe at home. “A lot of times people will use extra heaters for their home, barns or tool shed,” Lowe said. “You need to make sure you have properly working heating equip- ment. If you experience headaches, nausea, fatigue or Manage your home energy costs when temperatures drop SOUTHEAST OHIO - Across southern and eastern Ohio, Columbia Gas of Ohio cus- tomers continue to see, on average, tem- peratures 24 percent colder than normal for this time of the year. Th is prolonged drop in temperatures is increasing natural gas consumption and will result in higher than normal bills for customers. Natural gas prices for January 2018 are about 28 percent lower compared to prices for January 2017. While natural gas prices are down, average temperatures are much colder. Customers can expect to see, on average, an increase of about $20 in their January bill. However, every customer is diff erent, and those customers who use more gas could see a larger increase in their bill. As southeast Ohio continues to experi- ence this latest blast of frigid temperatures, Columbia Gas reminds customers that energy effi ciency and assistance programs are available to manage winter costs. Energy Assistance Customers struggling to pay their home heating costs should contact Columbia Gas at 1-800-344-4077 for information on payment assistance programs. • Payment Plans - Plans to help make home energy costs more manageable. • Winter Reconnect Order - A program to have service restored or maintained with a payment of $175 plus a small reconnection f VR( "r֖6RVW&w767F6R&Цw&2f&RF&Vv66VG7FvV6W2"6fF&ג6FW'2( "W&6VFvRb6RVBW2W2Ff"W6VG2@"&VrSW&6VBbFRfVFW&fW'GwVFVƖRVW&wVff6V76V&v2fbW'2V&W"bVW&wVff6V7&w&2BGGwwr6VЦ&v666ftGFW'27W7FW'06FRFRfvr7FW2rFV7W&P6f'BGW&rFR6B6( "6WBW"FW&7FBFcFVw&VW2vV৖^( &RBRG&BFSRFVw&VW2 7F&w&&RFW&7FBFWFЦF6ǒvW"W"^( 2FVW&GW&R@vBBvVR&Rv( "GW&W"vFW"VFW"FVW&GW&PFvF#FVw&VW2( "7F&WB7VFFW"vFW VFW'2( "6V"V2vW&RRfVV6BG&gG2( "&W6RFW"Ɩ6W2"VvFw2vFWrFV2FB6''FPTU$u5D,*&Vf"&Rf&FvrFP6BFVW&GW&W2f6B6V&v466G&'WFVB&V6FR&V62FR&V6rrr662F&V6FF6ЦbVFRVRFR'VFrfRFR6R7ЧF2FW&R6VB&R6&&FR&&VP7W&RRfR&Fv&r6&&FR@6RFWFV7F"( ХvF6BvVFW"b6W'6R66W2fR6V6( v6W"G2W6RVVWB6VvFW 6VWfR( 6B'VVvfVF&V7F"b&WFpB667F&VvVF66VFW"( v^( fR&VVfW'fW''W7vFFRfRBN( 2BW7BW2N( 2WfW'7F( Х6RBvR7VvvW7FVBW6rB6FW"vV৖R66VrvG&ff2FV2ƖRF"FW0BW6r'WGF2"frƖvB7vF6W2vFW V&rbR6vR6BR&R6R'WBWBVgVV6R`Gf6RFVvFFRfR6V6fvB( ĖbR&RfVVƖr&Vǒ667FR( R6BVW&vV7T66WFpƖ6F2f"767F6P445DvFFRg&vBFVW&ЧGW&W2Ԇ66B6RЦG7F6֗762vG2F&V֖BWfW'RFBFRVW&vV7T&w&6FVW2F66W@Ɩ6F2f"767F6RVW"ЦvV7T2fVFW&ǒgVFV@&w&F֖7FW&VB'FRFWfVVB6W'f6W2vV7ff6Pb6VG767F6RFB&ЧfFW2f6767F6RFr֖Ц6RW6VG2FB&RF&VFVV@vFF66V7Fg&FV"VFp6W&6R"fR&VGB6W'f6PF66V7FVBF6RW6VG06W'f6VB'T4&VwVFVBWFƗG&RV6W&vVBF6vWf"FRW"Ц6VFvRb6RVBW2ࢅW2"FW&FR'VFvW@VBW6VG2WFƗp'VƲgVVW7BfRF6FЦrW72F#RW&6VBbG262ЦG6RF7VVFFf"W6VBV&W'2rvF666V7W&GV&W'2VV7G&2Bv0&2FB&bbR26FVЧ6Vv&W6FV7f"W6V@V&W'2&bbF6&ƗGbF2Ц&VBBFW"F7VVFFW7@&R&W6VFVBBFRFVBख6RwVFVƖW2&R&6VB@sRW&6VBbFRfVFW&fW'GWfVf"f֖ǒbfW"FRV6RW7B&RB"&VrCC2Sख6R6&R67VFVBW6pFR7BF&VRF2v6WfW &VVfG2FR6ƖVBF6Rv6rFV&W2fRvW"Ц6RVƖv&ƗGF&W6B&fV@Ɩ6G2v6fRFV"ƒЦ6FWFF6ǒG&6֗GFVBFFR7FFRTff6RvW&RFFЧF767F6R&Rf&PVFW"FR&VwV"T&w&VƖv&RW6VG2&V6VfPf6767F6R6RW"VFp6V6FRTVFr6V6গ2b#r&63#FP&VVfBVG2&R2fw3T4&VwVFVBv2"VV7G&27W7FW'0&V6VfR&VVfBbWFCsR&VwVFVBVV7G&2"v2R62&V6VfR&VVfBV@WFCSS6RVƖv&R'VƲgVV7W7FW'2&V6VfRWFCCSf vB"6WFCsS2f&Pf"'VƲgVV&R&GFVBv2@gVV67VW'2FV&&R"F66VGVRFVBRFRԆФ66B6VG7F6֗76( 2Tff6RBsCУc#"ӓ6G&'WFVB&V6( Ɩ^( W2f6V&6FT667F6VG&V6