ERIE — National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation is urging customers to take particular care while experiencing extremely cold weather.

Though temperatures have been colder than usual, the utility is prepared to deliver the gas needed for customers to keep warm on these cold days.

National Fuel offers some tips for staying warm:

• Seal up all cracks and areas where cold can enter and heat can leave your home.

• Close drapes on cold days to help block out the cold.

• Locate your furniture away from windows and doorways for maximum comfort.

• Don’t lower your thermostat so low that you could endanger your health. National Fuel recommends at least 65 to 70 degrees for homes with elderly persons or small children.

Additionally, make sure your appliances are in good working order. Furnaces should be checked annually and filters should be changed regularly throughout the winter.

Anyone knowing of a resident or family living without heat should urge them to contact National Fuel to discuss restoring the service.

A company representative will review the situation and offer options for getting the service back on.

Special payment plans or community services may be available to assist them. Customers should call 1-800-365-3234, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

If anyone is experiencing an emergency due to the extreme cold weather, call the company’s emergency number at 1-800-444-3130.

For more information, visit the National Fuel Web site at www.nationalfuelgas.com, or call at 1-800-365-3234. In case of emergency, the company’s emergency line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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